At the start of Jerome Walton’s 30-game hitting streak on July 21, 1989, the Cubs trailed Montreal by 3.0 games and the Mets by a half game in the NL East Division.
Chicago went (8-2) over its next 10 games jumping New York in the standings and trimming Montreal’s lead to 2.0 games with Walton setting the pace from the leadoff position hitting .318 (14-for-44) over the stretch.
Although Jerome was hitting the ball to all fields, he was also showing a knack for beating out infield grounders, including a bunt single and two infield hits.
Walton finished the regular season reaching 18 times on bunt attempts and 30 times on infield hits, a huge contributing factor to his season ending .293 batting average–good for 7th best in the NL.
*Throughout spring training I’ll recap Walton’s 30-game hitting streak that sparked the Cubs from a 2.5 games deficit in the division to a 2.5 game lead!
|11 (Night)||July 31||1-4||@ Philly||D. Carman||HR Deep LF, RBI||L 7-4|
|12||Aug. 1||2-5||@ Philly||L. McWilliams||Triple to RF, 2 RBI||W 4-1|
|L. McWilliams||Single to LF|
|13||Aug. 2||1-3||@ Philly||K. Howell||Single to RF||L 0-6|
|14||Aug. 3||1-4||@ Philly||B. Ruffin||Single to CF||W 2-0|
|15||Aug. 4||1-5||@ Pitt||D. Drabek||Single to CF||W 3-2|