Sandoval's season-opening streak ends at 20

Sandoval's season-opening streak ends at 20

Sandoval's season-opening streak ends at 20
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval saw his Major League-best 20-game hitting streak come to an end Saturday night and he was philosophical about it.

"I learned a lot during the streak and now it's over," he said after going 0-for-4 as the Giants edged the Padres, 2-1. "I learned how to be more patient at the plate and to look for a pitch I can hit."

Sandoval joined some exclusive company with the second 20-game hitting streak of his career. The only other San Francisco Giants to have a pair of 20-plus hitting streaks are in the Hall of Fame: Willie Mays and Willie McCovey.

Streaky starts
Pablo Sandoval's 20-game hitting streak to start the season, which ended Saturday, ranks in the top 10 of season-opening streaks.
Player Year Games
1. George Sisler 1925 34
2. Ron LeFlore 1976 30
3. Sam Rice 1930 28
4. Gee Walker 1937 27
5. Charlie Grimm 1923 25
6. Edgar Renteria 2006 23
7. Joe Torre 1971 22
T8. Steve Garvey 1978 21
T8. Harry Heilmann 1923 21
T10. Eddie Bressoud 1964 20
T10. Pablo Sandoval 2012 20
"It's exciting to be around those guys," said Sandoval, who had hit in every game this season before Saturday night. "They're around here all the time and they can teach you a lot."

Sandoval said he wasn't trying to do too much in his final two at bats, in which he popped up to center and grounded out to the pitcher.

"You're just going to have good days and bad days," he said. "The team won, and we came from behind. That's the good news."

Meanwhile, Angel Pagan bunted for a hit in the eighth inning to run his hitting streak to 13 games.