McOwen hit streak at 44

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- High Desert's Jamie McOwen has extended his hitting streak to 44 games, the longest in the minor leagues in 55 years.

McOwen kept the streak going Tuesday night with a broken-bat single in the eighth inning of a 12-2 loss to San Jose. He finished 1 for 4 with two strikeouts, dropping his batting average to .353.

It's the minors' longest streak since Waco's Roman Mejias hit in 55 straight games in 1954. The 2007 sixth-round draft pick has a hit in every game for Seattle's Class A California League affiliate since May 10.

His run is the eighth-longest in minor league history, according to minorleaguebaseball.com. Wichita's Joe Wilhoit holds the minor league mark with a hit in 69 straight games in 1919.