Hitting Streak Ends For Murton

June 23, 2009 | 11:21 pm  

Right fielder Matt Murton went 0-for-3 for Triple-A Colorado Springs at Sacramento on Tuesday, ending his club-record hitting streak at 29 games in the Sky Sox’s 4-2 loss.

Murton, who is batting .404 with nine homers and 39 RBI, hit a sacrifice fly in his first plate appearance, grounded out twice and flied out on his final at-bat in the ninth. He had set a club record Sunday when he hit safely in his 29th consecutive game, one more than the previous record set by Trenidad Hubbard in 1995.

Catcher Yorvit Torrealba, infielder Jeff Baker and reliever Ryan Speier began rehab assignments with the Sky Sox.

Torrealba went 0-for-3 and caught six innings as he began a specially approved rehab assignment and played for the first time since June 1. He left the Rockies the following day after learning his 11-year-old son had been kidnapped in Venezuela.

Baker played third base for the Sky Sox for seven innings and went 0-for-2 with a walk. He began his rehab assignment with two games with high Class A Modesto. Baker has been out with a sprained left hand and last played for the Rockies on April 26.

Speier made his first appearance for the Sky Sox since June 1, worked a scoreless eighth and allowed one hit. He had worked his way to Colorado Springs on an earlier rehab assignment, which he had to end after developing shoulder soreness. Speier last pitched for the Rockies on April 18.