Polanco's errorless streak ends
Record for second basemen runs out with first-inning miscue
DETROIT -- Placido Polanco built a record errorless streak from day-in, day-out solid defense. He finally ended it in the middle of the night.
After a four-hour rain delay on Friday night, the Tigers second baseman made a throw to first base in the dirt for an error, his first since July 1, 2006. In so doing, his streaks of 725 consecutive chances and 147 straight games without an error came to an end.
Both streaks were Major League records for second basemen, having passed up previous standards by the New York Mets' Luis Castillo earlier this month. Castillo's streak-ending error came in June, when he was still a member of the Minnesota Twins.
Polanco's miscue came on the second batter of the game following Yankees leadoff man Johnny Damon's infield single. Melky Cabrera hit a high bouncer to second that Polanco fielded in the basepath. Once Polanco decided that Damon was out of reach for a tag, he tried to make an easy toss to first baseman Marcus Thames.
The ball sank to the dirt in front of Thames, forcing his foot off the bag as he went to grab it. Cabrera was ruled safe, and Polanco was charged with the error.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.