CHICAGO – Darwin Barney continues to prove he is among baseball's best defensive second basemen.
Barney tied the National League single-season record in Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. He has gone 113 consecutive games without committing an error at second base, tying the mark set by San Diego's David Eckstein in 2010. In 2007, Placido Polanco set the major league record for second basemen with 141 straight games without an error.
"I take a lot [of pride in my defense]," Barney said. "It's one of those things when I was younger I felt defense was my weakness so I put a lot of effort into working on it and getting solid as I could."
Barney's streak spans 910 1/3 innings. His only error of the season in 576 chances at second base happened at Miami on April 17. Barney also leads all second basemen with a .998 fielding percentage.
"I don't think about it as much as last year," Barney said. "Last year making that transition [from shortstop] there were a lot of plays not as comfortable with, primarily turning double plays and stuff like that. We came in with a plan to fix those things with the plays I had trouble with and secure that up."
-- Meghan Montemurro