Trammell: Don't blame rookie for homer

August, 12, 2010
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The winning run in the Giants' 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday night was scored off Justin Berg’s hanging curveball that went out of the park off Pat Burrell’s bat in the top of the eighth inning.

Interim manger Alan Trammell refused to blame rookie catcher Welington Castillo for calling the wrong pitch in his first major league start behind the plate.

“I don’t think we’re going to put it on him tonight,” Trammell said. “It’s the pitcher’s responsibility, he can shake his head, and we’re going to leave it at that.”

Berg came into the game in the seventh inning with two outs and a potential go-ahead run at third base as he induced Buster Posey to ground out to end the threat.

The news wasn't all bad for Castillo. He got a double off Barry Zito in his first big league at-bat in the second inning.

  • Trammell said that third baseman Aramis Ramirez will likely miss Thursday’s game with left ribcage soreness. Trammell said Ramirez originally hurt his left side while in the field on Tuesday. Ramirez took himself out of Wednesday’s lineup after feeling discomfort in batting practice.

  • The Cubs are now 13-28 in one-run games. Their 28 one-run losses are the most in baseball.

  • Tyler Colvin’s 18th homer of the season puts him in sole possession of third place for the franchise’s record rookie home runs. Walt Moryn in 1956 hit 23. Billy Williams had 25 in 1961.
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    TEAM LEADERS

    WINS LEADER
    Jason Hammel
    WINS ERA SO IP
    2 3.05 16 20
    OTHER LEADERS
    BAE. Bonifacio .366
    HRW. Castillo 3
    RBIS. Castro 9
    RE. Bonifacio 12
    OPSA. Rizzo .948
    ERAJ. Samardzija 1.29
    SOJ. Samardzija 22