DETROIT -- Rays rookie Daniel Robertson is already looking forward to getting redemption after he committed two errors, one of which cost his team a run late in the game, on Thursday in a 5-3 walk-off loss to Detroit.
On a night that manager Kevin Cash called uncharacteristic, Robertson fully owned up to his mistakes and already has plans to move on. Both he and the Rays expect that next time, he'll come through.
"It makes me eager to get back out there and make a ... Top 10 play, because that's what I take pride in," Robertson said. "I take pride in my defense and take pride in helping my pitchers out, and it's just unfortunate it didn't happen tonight."
Robertson's first mishap came in the third inning on a ball hit by Nicholas Castellanos that took a last-second hop and ate him up. He made up for it on the next pitch by fielding an Alex Presley grounder to end the inning.
The big mistake came in the seventh inning, when Robertson tried to get around on a chopper from Victor Martinez but lost his footing, letting the ball skip by his glove on the second hop.
"I know Martinez can't run, but I just saw the second hop and instead of sitting back on it, I wanted to go get that hop and then come up, set my feet and make the throw," Robertson said. "I wasn't planning on trying to make a throw on the run because I know he's not getting down the line very quick. Just wanted to go get that hop, and when I took that hard step in, I don't know."
Robertson, well known among his coaches for his defensive prowess, had committed just two errors in 48 games prior to Thursday, and neither of those came while he was playing shortstop.
"Robby's played great defense for us," Cash said. "It's unfortunate that that play happened that way, but look, [Steven Souza Jr.] came up and picked him up in a big way, and then it kind of went to the bullpen from there."
Souza's mammoth solo home run (a projected 432 feet, with an exit velocity of 107 mph, according to Statcast™) in the eighth inning gave the Rays a lift at the time, though it was later negated by Jose Cabrera's walk-off home run in the ninth.
"Obviously, I didn't feel good about [the error], and then he hits a home run and it's a tie ballgame," Robertson said. "I just told myself, 'Fresh start, go out there and just flush it.' Then with Miguel, you saw what happened in the ninth. That's baseball."