By the end of last week Third Baseman Ron Santo of the Cubs had hit in 26 consecutive games, but keeping that streak alive had not been easy. One night the business was so good at Ron Santo's Pizzeria, just outside Chicago, that he stayed around late and "helped make 1,000, maybe 1,500, pizzas." The next day he hit in his 23rd game in a row, the fifth time that he had kept the streak going with a hit in his final at bat. A little moonlighting was one thing, but there were bigger threats to his hit-a-game ritual. Twice last week he was carried off the field on a stretcher, first after he was spiked in four places on a close play at third and later after he was hit on the face by a pitch. That pitch fractured his cheekbone in two places, and about the only consolation that Santo had was that before being hurt he had picked up a hit in the first inning against the Mets. He will be out for almost two weeks, and when he returns (his streak will remain in suspended animation until he does) he will surely continue a practice he has kept up in recent weeks. Santo says he is not superstitious, yet it just happens that he had a bowl of fruit with breakfast each day during his spree. In those 26 games Santo batted .368, drove in 17 runs and hit six balls into the seats. Santo may have difficulty eating solid foods when he first gets back into the lineup, but as long as he keeps hitting he will have that bowl of fruit with breakfast even if he has to resort to eating applesauce.