DENVER -- Reds closer Aroldis Chapman enjoyed building on his record strikeout streak for relievers, but wasn't brooding one day after it came to an abrupt end Friday.
On a 2-2 pitch with one out vs. the Rockies in the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Michael McKenry scorched a hot line drive to first base. Brayan Pena reacted quickly to make the catch and touched first base with his glove to get Charlie Culberson out for the game-ending double play. That gave Chapman his 26th save but also ended a streak at 49 games with at least one strikeout that dated back to Aug. 21, 2013.
"I'm not sad at all," Chapman said Saturday with Pena translating. "I did my job and that was saving the game. I'm very happy and very blessed I was able to break that record and continue to break it. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to keep going. At the same time, I knew sooner or later that it would stop. Yesterday was that day."
The previous strikeout streak record for a reliever was set 37 seasons ago when Bruce Sutter had 39 straight games in 1977.
"There's nothing I can do but go out and see what happens," Chapman said. "You never know."