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Mookie Betts’ no-strikeout streak ends at 129 plate appearances

Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates their victory with Andrew Benintendi #16 as they run off the field during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 18, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The box score from the Red Sox-Blue Jays game on Wednesday, contains a statistic that hasn’t been seen in a regular-season game since September 12, 2016: A strikeout from Mookie Betts.

In the top of the fourth inning against Toronto’s Francisco Liriano, the Red Sox’ right fielder struck out for the first time in 129 plate appearances — a streak that spanned over 30 games.

During that period, Betts faced 57 different pitchers and batted an impressive .353.

His streak is the longest of its kind since 2004, when Juan Pierre went 147 straight plate appearances without recording a K. The last player to eclipse 100 plate appearances without a strikeout was Jeff Keppinger in 2010.


Betts didn’t sound overly impressed with his streak, calling it “pretty irrelevant” in an interview.