Cubs infielders look past four errors
Club sees each commit miscue for first time since 1977
LOS ANGELES -- On Thursday, Cubs infielders Derrek Lee, Mark DeRosa, Ryan Theriot and Aramis Ramirez each committed an error in the 10-3 National League Division Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It wasn't the first time in Cubs history that all four infielders had been charged with an error in a game.
On April 27, 1977, in a 21-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field, first baseman Larry Biittner, second baseman Manny Trillo, shortstop Ivan DeJesus and third baseman Steve Ontiveros each committed an miscue. To make matters worse, center fielder Jerry Morales also made an error for a total of five in the game.
Both Trillo and Morales committed their errors in the first inning, and starter Mike Krukow was pulled after facing four batters, unable to retire any of them.
The four errors by the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS marked the first time the team had made four in one game since Sept. 12, 2006, which also was against the Dodgers. Chicago was charged with six in a 9-8, 11-inning win.
DeJesus is now a special assistant on the Cubs staff. He remembers the April '77 game. Sort of.
|With four errors in Game 2 of the NLDS, the Chicago Cubs tied the Division Series record for most errors in a game.|
"It was a cold day then," DeJesus said, laughing. "Nobody wants to do anything like that. Nobody wants to remember anything like that."
The last time a team's entire infield committed an error in a postseason game was Game 1 of the 1934 World Series between Detroit and St. Louis. First baseman Hank Greenberg, second baseman Charlie Gehringer, shortstop Billy Rogell and third baseman Marv Owen each made an error, and Owen compounded matters by making two.
On Friday, Theriot said he had moved on.
"You flush it, forget about it," he said. "You understand what happened and the sense of urgency has to be there, but you can't harp on it. That was not a pretty sight for us. You have to try to move forward as much as you can."
The Cubs won't use the Wrigley Field infield as an excuse, but they do play back more to handle the strange hops that balls tend to take off the dirt. They had committed 99 errors during the regular season, ninth most in the National League.
DeRosa had trouble going to sleep Thursday night. His error in the second inning on a potential double-play ball might have gotten starter Carlos Zambrano out of the inning without giving up any runs.
"I don't know what to make of it," DeRosa said Friday at Dodger Stadium. "I always say I never worry about my teammates making errors. You can't put your pitchers in that position, you have to make the plays. I believe that double-play ball is one I make nine times out of 10 and it changes the complexion of the game. Whether we win or lose, who knows?
"It's over. There's nothing we can do about it. Move on, we're a good team. We've played well all year and we have to band together."
DeRosa has replayed the ground ball by Blake DeWitt over and over and over.
"I felt I've helped this team try and win ballgames the best I can, I feel I've been swinging the bat well," he said. "I want to concentrate on the positives. Obviously, it was a huge play, but I can't continue to dwell on it. There's 24 other guys on this team looking for me to come through."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.