As Pham’s on-base streak ends, a reminder of what his addition has meant to Rays

The Rays outfielder reached base in 48 straight games dating back to last season.
Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham hits a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham hits a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Published April 17

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tommy Pham was the only Rays starter Wednesday night to not reach base in Tampa Bay’s 8-1 win over Baltimore, as his 0-for-4 night ended his franchise-record 48 game on-base streak.

Pham’s on-base streak was the longest in the majors since Rangers’ outfielder Shin-Soo Choo’s 52-game streak from last May 13 to June 20.

Rays manager Kevin Cash opened his postgame press conference Wednesday night applauding Pham’s accomplishment.

“You’ve got to see a direct correlation between the time we acquired him last year to where we’re at now and how things have kind of turned in the right direction for this organization,” Cash said. “It’s not all him, but he’s a huge part of it. So what he did and the accomplishment is pretty impressive.”

Pham has reached base in 53 of his 56 games with the Rays since Tampa Bay acquired him in a trade with St. Louis, and the Rays are 40-16 (.714) in games in which Pham is in the starting lineup.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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