9/28 Barney’s streak ends
Darwin Barney’s streak is over.
On Friday, Barney had a chance to break the Major League record of error-free games if he did not make a miscue. But in the eighth inning, he fielded Justin Upton’s grounder and tried to make an off-balance throw to first. The throw was off the mark, and Barney was charged with an error, his first since April 17.
Barney’s single-season streak ends at 141 games, equaling the Major League mark set by Polanco in 2007 for the Tigers.
“One other person at this point has put together a defensive year like he has,” Dale Sveum said. “I’ve been in the game 30 years, and I’ve never seen anyone play second base like [Barney] has. I was very fortunate to be around who I consider the best I’d ever seen at that position in Jimmy Gantner in Milwaukee. He was another guy who was under the radar because of his offense.
“I think Barney is better than that,” Sveum said. “He puts everything into the package, going for pop ups down the right field line, double plays, the range — he has so many different things in his tool box. It’s not just a guy catching the ball, routine balls. He’s been spectacular all season.”
Barney is rewriting the National League record each game as he surpassed the old mark of 123 games, held by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who was Barney’s former Minor League manager.
– Carrie Muskat