Bonifacio's string of hits ends at 26 games

Bonifacio's string of hits ends at 26 games

ATLANTA -- The Marlin who wears No. 1 will have to settle for the second-longest streak in franchise history.

Emilio Bonifacio went 0-for-4 on Friday night against the Braves at Turner Field, snapping his hit string at 26 games.

The Braves silenced the Marlins, 5-0, on Friday. Brandon Beachy faced Bonifacio three times, and retired him with two strikeouts and a bunt groundout to third in the sixth inning. In the eighth inning, Bonifacio had one more chance, but he grounded to third off Eric O'Flaherty.

"That's part of the game," Bonifacio said. "The thing is, we lost the game."

Bonifacio's streak began on June 28, and it eclipsed all Florida streaks except for when Luis Castillo set the franchise mark of 35 in 2002.

Bonifacio insisted he didn't feel any pressure about the streak.

"Like I said before, I went to the plate trying to get on," Bonifacio said. "This isn't an easy thing to do."

Bonifacio had a conversation with Anibal Sanchez about having a streak that nearly lasted a month.

"Anibal said, four more games, and it's going to be a month," Bonifacio said, meaning hitting in 30 straight.

During the streak, Bonifacio was 39-for-100 (.390).

marlins streaks
The longest hitting streaks in Marlins history:
# Player Year
35 Luis Castillo 2002
26 Emilio Bonifacio 2011
25 Kevin Millar 2002
22 Luis Castillo 1999
22 Edgar Renteria 1996

Before the game, Marlins manager Jack McKeon noted that Bonifacio was not likely to challenge Joe DiMaggio's all-time record of 56 straight.

"I'd love to see him do it," McKeon said. "But those odds are pretty tough."

Bonifacio actually was connected to some history as his streak related to Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox. Pedroia entered Friday night having hit safely in 25 straight, but his string also ended.

For only the fourth time in the past 50 years, two players had mutual streaks of 25 games or more.

The others were on Sept. 29, 2005, when Jimmy Rollins was at 33 and Michael Young reached 25. On June 11, 2004, Carlos Lee and Jeff Kent both had 25. And on July 25, 1978, Jack Clark was at 26 and Pete Rose at 38. That was during Rose's National League record streak of 44 straight.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.