Indians Minor Leaguer Francisco Mejia’s Hit Streak At 50 After Scoring Change

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Cleveland minor leaguer Francisco Mejia’s hitting streak reached 50 games — more than an hour after the game ended.

Mejia’s streak survived when the official scorer changed a ruling on an error from the third inning of Class A Lynchburg’s 7-5 loss Saturday night in the Carolina League.

Mejia reached and advanced to second on Winston-Salem third baseman Gerson Montilla’s error. The scorer changed the play to a double hours later after reviewing video and conferring with the teams.

The 20-year-old switch-hitting catcher was 0 for 4 when he drew a full-count walk with two outs in the ninth and the Hillcats trailing 5-4, apparently ending his streak.

Mejia’s string is the longest ever in pro ball by a catcher, surpassing Harry Chozen’s 49-game streak in the Southern Association in 1954.

The professional hitting streak record is 69 games by Joe Wilhoit of the Western League in 1919.

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