Phillies' Trea Turner adds to stolen base streak on crazy little league play

The Phillies shortstop swiped his 40th in a row on a wild first-inning play on Sunday.
Chicago White Sox v Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago White Sox v Philadelphia Phillies / Rich Schultz/GettyImages

Trea Turner was simply unstoppable during the Philadelphia Phillies' recent 10-game homestand. The scorching-hot Turner is now in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak that has seen him bash opposing pitchers to the tune of 18 hits, two home runs, six doubles, and six RBI. There was very little that Turner didn't accomplish on the diamond during the Phillies' impressive 8-2 surge at The Bank.

It was all the more curious when it was starting to look like Turner might leave town without stealing a single base. The speedster had plenty of opportunities, yet stolen base attempts were proving to be elusive as the Phillies laced them up for the final game of the homestand.

Trea Turner adds to stolen base streak on crazy little league play

That all changed Sunday when Turner was credited with a steal of home after the Chicago White Sox botched an attempt to cut down Bryce Harper stealing second. While Chicago humorously failed to catch Harper in a rundown, Turner raced home to score the Phillies' third run of the game. It was the latest indignity for a White Sox team that had a rough weekend at Citizens Bank Park.

Turner's first-inning steal, his first since April 9 in St. Louis, was his 40th consecutive stolen base without being caught. The continuation of this streak now finds him tied with Tim Raines for third-most all-time behind Ichiro Suzuki (45) and Vince Coleman (50). Turner is now 5-for-5 in stolen bases on the season and has amassed 265 steals over the course of his 10-year MLB career.

Can Turner surpass Coleman's 50 thefts to stand alone for this impressive milestone? It will be a fun storyline to watch in the coming weeks. Turner's steal on Sunday was one of four total from Phillies base runners on the day. Turner, Brandon Marsh, J.T. Realmuto, and Johan Rojas made it look easy as they took turns running on White Sox starter Nick Nastrini and catcher Martín Maldonado.

The Phillies head out on the road with a six-game winning streak

What a difference this last week has been for the fortunes of the Phillies following a slow start to the season. After dominant play against the Colorado Rockies and Chicago White Sox, it's hard to believe that the Phillies' record at the beginning of the week was 9-8, just a game above .500.

Now sitting at a healthy 14-8 ahead of a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies took advantage of their games against the weaker Rockies and White Sox and did what good teams are supposed to do — win.

The series against the Reds will find the Phillies in revenge mode after dropping two of three at home at the beginning of April. While most of us have managed to block from our memory the grand slam that Connor Brogdon surrendered to Spencer Steer on April Fool's Day, the Phillies will have their work cut out for them against a 12-9 Reds team that is starting to show signs that they are close to being a NL Central contender.

On Monday night, lefty Ranger Suárez (3-0, 1.73 ERA) will face right-hander Hunter Green (0-1, 4.35 ERA) in Game 1 of the series. Suárez will take the mound for the first time since his masterful 112-pitch complete-game shutout of the Rockies last Tuesday.

Can the Phillies make it a seven-game winning streak? First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET.