Kotchman sets errorless chances mark

Kotchman sets errorless chances mark

SEATTLE -- The play that ended the top of the second inning in the Mariners' 4-1 win against the Twins on Thursday night was nothing special.

A routine grounder by Nick Punto that shortstop Josh Wilson collected and fired to first baseman Casey Kotchman for an out, it was the kind of exchange that happens over and over again in a baseball player's career.

What made it extraordinary is that whether it's a routine play or a tough one, Kotchman makes it.

The putout gave Kotchman 2,003 consecutive errorless chances, a total that broke the Major League record set by Kevin Youkilis from 2006-08. Kotchman has now played 230 straight games at first without committing an error.

That dates back to June 21, 2008, and puts him eight behind the consecutive errorless games mark set by Youkilis. Kotchman added five more putouts on the night to give him 2,008.

Kotchman's steady play in the field has helped keep him in the lineup despite hitting .191 thus far, as he serves as one of the key pieces of Seattle's defense-oriented approach. He was 0-for-4 on Thursday.