Yelich approach the same as hit string snapped

Yelich approach the same as hit string snapped

NEW YORK -- Hitting streaks come and go, and Christian Yelich's approach to them remains the same.

"Now that it's over, I'm not any more fazed by it than when it started," the Marlins left fielder said.

There was never any worries about how Yelich was handling his string of 17 straight games with a hit. The 22-year-old aims to have a productive plate appearance every time, so it's not like he ever dwelled on it.

As part of Miami's tough 4-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field on Friday night, Yelich went hitless in four at-bats. He drew a walk, and had his career-long streak come to an end, which had been the longest active stretch in the Majors.

"It's the same feeling that I've had for the last two weeks," Yelich said. "That's why those things are so hard to keep going."

Actually, in the first inning, Yelich came close to having the streak continue. His hot shot to third base went through David Wright's legs, and it was ruled an error.

After that, the young left fielder ripped several drives hard, including a smash to center field, but those were right at fielders.

"I hit three balls hard," Yelich said.

Was it an error on Wright?

"I'm not going to say anything about that," Yelich said.

The Marlins' hit-streak record is 35 games, set by Luis Castillo in 2002. The 17 games matches the eighth longest in club history.

Yelich certainly had an impressive run, going 26-for-71 (.366) with a .438 on-base percentage during the 17 games. He added four doubles, one triple and scored 13 runs.

But when repeatedly asked about his stretch, Yelich brought up the MLB all-time mark, 56 by Joe DiMaggio.

"Everybody thinks you're going to get the streak after you have like eight games," Yelich said. "I tried to tell everybody, to be able to have that thing matter, you basically have to hit for like two straight months. That was the only time I was going to care about it."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter