Tuesday saw a couple of streaks end for two of the game's best pitchers. Meanwhile, baseball's hottest hitter kept his streak alive.
CC Sabathia, NYY - 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 ER in loss at Indians
Sabathia entered the start against his former club having won his last 9 decisions. A couple of early unearned runs by the Indians combined with seven innings of three-hit baseball from Cleveland's Josh Tomlin (who was making his MLB debut) spelled the end of Sabathia's streak.
Josh Johnson, FLA - 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER in no-decision at Giants
Johnson had arguably an even more impressive streak than Sabathia. In his previous 13 starts entering Tuesday, Johnson had gone at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer, which was tied for the 2nd-longest such streak in the Live Ball Era (since 1920). It was last accomplished by Greg Maddux in 1995. Three walks and a season-high-tying eight hits led to three earned runs and the end of Johnson's streak. For those curious, had Johnson extended the streak he would have tied the Live-Ball record set in 1986 by Mike Scott, who went six or more innings with two or fewer runs in 14 straight starts.
Buster Posey, SF - 1-4, RBI vs Marlins
Part of the damage to Josh Johnson's pitching line Tuesday was caused by Giants phenom Buster Posey, who extended his hit streak to 20 games with an RBI single. Posey's hitting streak is two games shy of Willie McCovey's San Francisco rookie record of 22 set in 1959. If Posey gets to 22 he would next set his sights on San Francisco's longest streak for any player - currently owned by Jack Clark, who hit safely in 26 straight games in 1978. Posey is hitting 40-89 (.449) in July.