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Darwin Barney loses his errorless streak in the most Cubs’ way possible

Sep 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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Darwin Barney was just three outs away last night from setting the new single-season record for consecutive errorless games at second base. It didn’t happen.

Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton hit a grounder up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning which was fielded by Barney, but he made a wild off-balance throw to Anthony Rizzo at first base which allowed a run to score. It wasn’t an easy play, so Upton was credited with a hit, but Barney was given an error because the run scored. That’s rough. You can watch the play here.

It was Barney’s first error since April 17. His errorless streak ends at 141 games, which leaves him tied with Placido Polanco, who did it with the Tigers in 2007. Barney did break the National League record of 123 straight errorless games at second base, which was held by Hall of Famer and former Cub great Ryne Sandberg.

  1. elmaquino - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    zI know this is just asking for down-thumbs, but I’ve seen it here so much I have to ask now: What’s with the apostrophe after Cubs?

    • supersnappy - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      Its the possessive case when the noun (“Cubs”) already has an S at the end. I’m no copy editor, but I’d write it as “the most ‘Cubs’ way possible” since the team name is used out of its usual context – as an adjective instead of a noun. But if you want to use the possessive to describe the Cubs’ way of playing I guess that works too

      • salvomania - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        By using “most” before “Cubs” it’s clear that “Cubs” is being used an adjective—describing a manner of play—and not as a possessive.

        There should be no apostrophe.

        Imagine “Cubs” being replaced with “Cubs-like” and it still works. “Cubs’-like” does not work.

        The only way a possessive is correct here is if the headline was “…loses errorless streak by doing it the Cubs’ way.”

  2. townballblog - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    My second nominee for Headline Of The Year.

    The first was by Mr. Drew Silva “Mike Trout … [yawn] … Does some more incredible things.”

  3. tridecagon - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Oh, man. Rizzo’s gotta do better with that.

  4. kelshannon19 - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Any Major League first baseman scoops that ball. Pathetic. Barney shouldnt have gotten an error on that play anyways. (and i HATE the cubs)

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      With you 19. Not only should he have NOT been given an error…Rizzo should have come off the bag w/ a guy on 3rd.

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