Phillies' fielding remains issue early this season
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has preached the importance of fundamental baseball since Spring Training in February.
But not much of anything has gone as planned, including Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Three Phillies errors and one balk led to every Miami run, leaving Philadelphia needing to win Thursday's series finale to take the three-game set. The Phillies have 15 errors this season, which is only one behind the Nationals, who lead Major League Baseball.
"We didn't do too much right tonight," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Cole Hamels dropped a throw from Utley at first base in the second inning to allow the Marlins to take a 1-0 lead. Phillies right-hander Luis Garcia then balked home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. It was the first run Garcia had allowed in eight relief appearances this season.
"It's OK," Garcia said. "Tomorrow is another day."
Utley dropped a throw from Cody Asche in the eighth, which loaded the bases with two outs.
"He made a good throw. I missed it," Utley said. "Bottom line, that play needs to be made."
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon then ripped a fly ball to center field. Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera was playing shallow, but he broke back on the ball. Herrera got twisted around and made a last-second attempt to dive to catch the ball.
The ball hit his glove, but he could not hold onto it as three runs scored.
"I got a good jump on it," Herrera said through translator Andres Blanco. "The wind was blowing in a different direction, and as soon as I noticed that the ball kept moving to my left side, I passed the ball a little bit. I tried to catch it at the end. That's why I tried to jump at the end.
"It's something that just happened. I'm going to work on it."