Catch Cabrera if you can: Steal streak ends at 24

Catch Cabrera if you can: Steal streak ends at 24

PHOENIX -- The green light is always on for Everth Cabrera once he reaches base, and until Saturday's game no team was able to throw out the San Diego Padres infielder.

However, in the third inning against Arizona, Cabrera was caught stealing second base by D-backs' catcher Miguel Montero.

Cabrera's 24 stolen bases in a row were the longest streak of successful attempts in club history to start a season, a mark Cabrera is well aware of. His keys to success in this specialized field of baseball?

"Well, first it's that my legs are healthy," Cabrera said. "I worked on my technique hard in the offseason and tried to focus on the details of timing the pitchers. Also, the help I've had from [bench coach Rick] Renteria and [first base coach] Dave Roberts. They've given me a lot of information."

Cabrera dealt with injuries that put him on the disabled list twice in each of the past two seasons. In 2010, his right hamstring gave him trouble. But he's been grateful to be healthy all season.

"I've always had the ability throughout my career to steal bases, but what helped me, I think, was to try to understand what the pitcher does," Cabrera said. "What does the pitcher do when he goes toward home? What does he throw in what count? Does he like the curve ball? All the little things to make me better. I keep learning because I always want to learn."

Renteria helps provide information on the pitchers and Roberts was one of the game's best base-stealers not too long ago.

"When I'm on base, Roberts says to try to get a good jump and if I think I can steal it, go for it," Cabrera said.

Cabrera's streak goes back even further. Going back to Sept. 17, 2010, he had stolen 28 bases in a row in the Majors, and he stole 15 without being caught while in the Minors earlier this season.