6/15 Derrek Lee: "It's unacceptable"

Last Wednesday in Milwaukee, the Cubs were sharp in a 9-4 win over the Brewers. The next day, they made three errors, including a wild throw by Xavier Nady that led to a 5-4 loss. It was sloppy play.

On Sunday, the Cubs played one of their best games in a 1-0 win over the White Sox but on Tuesday, it was a comedy of errors, and nobody was laughing. Chicago committed four errors and bungled a 9-5 loss to the Athletics.

Derrek Lee and Tyler Colvin each made two errors in two innings, the first time Lee, a three-time Gold Glove first baseman, has committed two miscues in one game in his career.

“It’s bad,” Lee said. “There’s no way around it — it’s bad. When you start missing balls right at your chest, it’s unacceptable.”

And how does he fix this?

“Grind it out, that’s all I know,” Lee said. “Sometimes it’s not easy. You just keep going, stay positive, keep your head up, stay positive, keep grinding. I don’t have any magic formula for it but I’ll be ready for it tomorrow.”

Both of Lee’s errors came in the A’s four-run fourth; both of Colvin’s came in the three-run seventh, although one of the mistakes charged to the rookie outfielder could’ve been switched to shortstop Starlin Castro, who didn’t go for the relay throw.

“It was a tough game,” Colvin said. “Some plays out there we probably should’ve made and cost us the game.”

Oakland took advantage.

“When the other team makes mistakes,” Oakland manager Bob Geren said, “it’s a nice break, especially against a team like this in a ballpark like this. Every run is important. You can’t get enough runs here.”

— Carrie Muskat


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