CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs were on the verge of splitting their doubleheader with the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night when victory was snatched from them after Starlin Castro dropped a soft line drive off the bat of Jeff Bianchi with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Brewers a 3-2 victory.
The ball went in and out of Castro’s glove as he moved to his right, leaving his feet to get to it. Two runs scored on the play.
“I thought I got it,” Castro said after the game. “I ran hard to the ball and I thought I had it. ... The first second I saw the ball come off his bat I say ‘OK, I got it.’”
But he didn’t. Castro has had the tendency to make miscues at the most inopportune times and it happened again on this play.
“It was a little bit softer,” Castro explained. “I thought it was (hit) a little bit more hard.”
That may have thrown his timing off but a ball that hits the mitt should be caught.
“The ball hit me right in the middle of the glove,” Castro lamented. “I thought I had it. I don’t know how that ball came out.”
It was ruled a hit as Castro made contact with the ball on his dive -- which probably wasn’t necessary. The drop cost the Cubs the game and a split of the doubleheader.
“I’m frustrated,” Castro said. “I did the best I can. I don’t want to drop the ball.”