Phils ‘pass’ Cubs
Harry Caray must be twisting in his grave right now after the way his beloved Cubbies lost on Wednesday night.
It’s all tied, 3-3, between the Cubs and Phillies heading into the bottom of the ninth at Citizens Bandbox Park. Jimmy Rollins leads off with a double, then moves to third on Kenny Lofton’s groundout. Cubs reliever Mike Remlinger intentionally walks Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu, loading the bases.
Michael Wuertz comes in to replace Mike Remlinger. Wuertz strikes out Pat Burrell on a 3-2 pitch ,but the ball eludes catcher Michael Barrett. Now all Barrett has to do is step on home plate, since Burrell is trying to advance to first.
Instead, Barrett sees Rollins dancing down the third-base line, and throws the ball to third. While Aramis Ramirez is trying to gun the ball back home, Rollins scores and the Phillies win, 4-3.
It was a boneheaded play by Barrett. “I just panicked and threw the ball,” he said.
The loss leaves the Cubs five games behind the Astros in the Wild Card race, and this is the kind of loss that will haunt them the rest of the season.