Records bend but don’t break
Jason Bartlett’s streak of nine consecutive games with an RBI came to an end last night (although his hitting streak ran to 10 games and counting), meaning he tied the club record for consecutive games driving in a run. Bartlett tied streaks by both Sixto Lezcano in 1982 (April 16-27) and Steve Finley in 1996 (June 22-July 1).
JB is the second Friar this season to tie (but not break) a previous club record, as Heath Bell ran his consecutive saves streak to 41 games earlier this year, tying Trevor Hoffman’s mark from the 1997-98 seasons. (Trevor’s streak also tied Rod Beck’s then-Major League record)
Also of note is the fact that Bartlett’s streak did not include one home run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, over the last 65 years only one other player had an RBI in nine consecutive games without hitting a home run: Kirby Puckett had a 10-game streak for the Twins in September 1988.