Castro miscue leads to sweep

July, 31, 2013
7/31/13
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs were on the verge of splitting their doubleheader with the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night when victory was snatched from them after Starlin Castro dropped a soft line drive off the bat of Jeff Bianchi with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Brewers a 3-2 victory.

The ball went in and out of Castro’s glove as he moved to his right, leaving his feet to get to it. Two runs scored on the play.

“I thought I got it,” Castro said after the game. “I ran hard to the ball and I thought I had it. ... The first second I saw the ball come off his bat I say ‘OK, I got it.’”


But he didn’t. Castro has had the tendency to make miscues at the most inopportune times and it happened again on this play.

“It was a little bit softer,” Castro explained. “I thought it was (hit) a little bit more hard.”

That may have thrown his timing off but a ball that hits the mitt should be caught.

“The ball hit me right in the middle of the glove,” Castro lamented. “I thought I had it. I don’t know how that ball came out.”

It was ruled a hit as Castro made contact with the ball on his dive -- which probably wasn’t necessary. The drop cost the Cubs the game and a split of the doubleheader.

“I’m frustrated,” Castro said. “I did the best I can. I don’t want to drop the ball.”

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.53 167 156
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167