(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Whit Merrifield's team-record hitting streak ended at 31 games after going 0-for-6 in the Royals' 7-6 loss to the Mariners, Thursday.
Merrifield had passed George Brett (1980) for the longest streak in franchise history on Wednesday.
"Out of my last nine outs, I feel like I've made six good swings on good pitches in the zone,'' Merrifield said after the game Thursday. "I either hit it on the barrel at somebody or just missed it and hit it in the air. That's kind of what makes streaks like these so rare."
Merrifield's 31-game streak was the MLB's longest since Dan Uggla's 33-game streak in 2011.