Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/19/13
The longest hitting streak in the major leagues has ended as Nationals center fielder Denard Span failed to collect a hit for the first time since August 16. Span's streak of 29 consecutive games with at least one hit is the longest such streak at the major league level since Atlanta's Dan Uggla and the Dodgers' Andre Ethier each topped 30 games in 2011. Uggla's streak was the longest that year at 33 consecutive games. Though it was an otherwise losing effort the Miami Marlins succeeded in limiting Span to an 0-4 effort on the evening. Starter Henderson Alvarez held Span to a fly out and a pair of ground outs to first base and to shortstop. With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning Span stepped into the box against reliever A.J. Ramos. The right hander ran the count to 2-1 before Span fouled off a pair of inside fastballs breaking his bat on the second. The crowd came alive as he replaced his bat and stepped back in just barely nicking Ramos' next offering to foul it off. Span swung and missed at the next pitch a 79 mph curveball in the dirt that was blocked by catcher Koyie Hill. The 25945 in attendance did their best to soften the long walk back to the dugout as the crowd rose to their feet in recognition of Span's achievement.
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