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* Darwin Barney’s bid for a Major League record fell short on Friday. But he does own all NL records for consecutive error-less games at second base, having surpassed Ryne Sandberg’s former record 123-game error-less streak, allowing for multiple seasons, that ran from June 21, 1989-May 17, 1990. David Eckstein owned the previous NL single-season mark of 113-consecutive games set with San Diego in 2010. Barney’s 141-game errorless streak at second base spanned 1,154 1/3 innings since his only other miscue this year at second base, April 17 in Miami.
Barney’s 141-game errorless streak, which lasted from April 18-Sept. 27, featured more total chances per nine innings (5.30) than any other second baseman in baseball. During the 141 games, Barney had far more putouts (293) than any other second baseman in baseball in that span (Gordon Beckham was next closest at 259) and Barney’s 676 total chances trailed only Arizona’s Aaron Hill (687).
* Alfonso Soriano has a career high 106 RBIs at the age of 36 with the Cubs. With his next RBIs, he will become the first player in franchise history to reach 107 RBIs at the age of 36 or older. Ernie Banks had 106 RBIs at the age of 38 in 1969 and Moises Alou had 106 RBIs at the age of 37 in 2004.
* The Cubs have lost 98 games. The last time they lost more was in 1966 (club-record 103 losses).
* They also are 0-17 on the road against the National League West: San Francisco (0-4), Arizona (0-4), Los Angeles (0-3), San Diego (0-3) and Colorado (0-3).
“Our road record has been pretty awful,” Dale Sveum said. “Not very good teams, that’s usually what happens. You don’t want to lose this many games. … You wish you had the magic potion for that one. Even great teams struggle on the road. You don’t want to struggle this bad. That’s one thing going into next year, you have to get better at.”
The Cubs are 15th in the National League in road batting average (.235), 14th in on-base percentage (.291), 15th in slugging percentage (.368), 15th in runs scored (259), and 10th in home runs (70).
– Carrie Muskat