Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado broke the Rockies’ club record when he hit in his 28th consecutive game on Thursday night, but the pursuit of Joe DiMaggio’s Major League record 56-game hitting streak was halted at the halfway point. Against Reds starter Johnny Cueto and reliever Jonathan Broxton on Friday, Arenado went 0-for-3 with a walk, snapping the bid.
In his first three plate appearances, Arenado struck out, grounded out to first, and popped out to first. He had what appeared to be his final shot at keeping the streak alive in the ninth inning, but worked the count well and ultimately drew a walk. He quickly came around to score on Justin Morneau’s double, tying the game at 3-3. However, Joey Votto squelched any hope for a fifth at-bat, leading off the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off solo home run against Rockies lefty reliever Boone Logan.
During the streak, which lasted from April 9 to May 8, Arenado slashed .360/.383/.568 with four home runs and 20 RBI.
Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Padres have announced that interim manager Pat Murphy won’t return as the team’s manager in 2016. Haudricourt adds that Brewres manager Craig Counsell tried to get Murphy on his staff, and says to look for Murphy to join the Brewers for the 2016 season.
Murphy led the Padres to a 42-53 record after Bud Black was fired in June. He had previously managed for two years with Single-A Eugene in 2011-12, and at Triple-A Tucson and El Paso in 2013-14.
Former major leaguer Phil Nevin is a candidate for the Padres’ vacant managing position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.
With a 6-1 win over the Twins in Sunday’s season finale, the Royals clinched the best record in the American League, which nets them home field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS. The Royals stand at 95-67 while the Blue Jays, who lost on Sunday, finish at 93-69.
95-67 is the Royals’ best record since finishing 97-65 in 1980, when they lost the World Series to the Phillies. Their division title is their first since 1985.
In the ALDS, which starts on Thursday, the Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card game between the Astros and Yankees. They are looking to avenge last year’s World Series loss, in seven games, to the Giants. The Blue Jays will host the Rangers in the other ALDS series.