(BaseballStL) -- One day after failing to extend his 20-game hitting streak, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was given the day off in the series finale against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Freese went 0-for-4 while failing to hit the ball out of the infield in Wednesday’s 5-1 loss. He struck out and grounded out twice each.
During the streak, Freese was 29-for-76 (.382) with three home runs and raised his batting average from .211 to a season-high .287. It was the longest streak by a Cardinals third baseman since Joe Torre’s 24-game streak in 1970-71.
The recent streak erased the poor start to the season for Freese after batting .163 in April. Before Wednesday, the last time he went hitless in a game came against the Mets on May 16.
Daniel Descalso started at third base and batted seventh in the lineup.