PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies third-base coach Juan Samuel said that Odubel Herrera is the first baserunner to ever run through his stop sign.Herrera not only ran through Samuel's stop sign in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 7-6 loss to the Cardinals in 11 innings at Citizens Bank Park, he ran
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies third-base coach Juan Samuel said that Odubel Herrera is the first baserunner to ever run through his stop sign.
Herrera not only ran through Samuel's stop sign in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 7-6 loss to the Cardinals in 11 innings at Citizens Bank Park, he ran completely around Samuel before Tommy Pham threw him out at home plate by several feet to end the inning and the Phillies' chance to win the game.
That was just one of several miscues that cost the Phillies, who are 1-13 since June 6, 11-39 since April 27 and on pace to lose 111 games.
"I was playing aggressive," Herrera said through the Phillies' interpreter. "I wanted to win the game. So when I was rounding third, I put my head down. I kept going to home plate. Yeah, I saw [the stop sign]. But I saw it late."
"When I saw that he was going, I was like, wow, thanks," Pham said.
Samuel, who had to jump out of the way to avoid Herrera, spoke with him afterward.
"Hey, I'm watching the plays in front of me," Samuel said. "I put the brakes on, you've got to stop, whatever the situation is."
Herrera was removed from the game after the play, but as part of a double-switch, not as a punishment.
There were other mistakes on Wednesday. Reliever Joaquin Benoit threw a first-pitch fastball in the eighth to Cardinals pinch-hitter Jose Martinez, who hit a solo homer to cut the Phillies lead to one run. Closer Hector Neris threw a 1-1 fastball -- the second consecutive fastball in the same exact spot -- to Pham, who hit a game-tying homer in the ninth.
"He's not the same guy without that split," manager Pete Mackanin said about Neris. "The split isn't as effective as it was last year, and we're trying to figure that out. They are working with it a lot. I think he's kind of shy to use it as much as last year."
After Edubray Ramos allowed a leadoff double to Martinez in the 10th, he balked to send him to third. Ramos struck out Matt Carpenter and intentionally walked William Fowler to put runners at the corners with one out, but he then airmailed a throw to first baseman Tommy Joseph to allow Martinez to score. Another run scored to give the Cardinals a two-run lead.
Ramos, who declined to comment, has faced eight batters in his last three appearances. He has allowed three hits, seven runs, three walks and one balk, and committed one error. He has recorded just one out.
"It looks like he's mixed up or something," Mackanin said. "He's not the same guy."
The Phillies could have used Pat Neshek on Wednesday, but Mackanin said he could not pitch because he was sore. Neshek, who threw 11 pitches on Tuesday following an off-day on Monday, said Mackanin told him that he had the day off as he arrived at the ballpark.
"I would have asked for one if he hadn't given me one," said Neshek, who added that he is healthy.
But Mackanin defended his players after the game, despite the costly gaffes and how some of them looked.
"I'm not happy with those types of mistakes, but it's not like we make them every night," he said. "They aren't getting out of hand. We haven't made that many mistakes. Tonight we did. The mistake we're making is giving the other team too many pitches to hit. Those are our mistakes. Especially late in the game."
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.