7/17 Soto: "I missed it"

Geovany Soto took the loss on Saturday.

“There’s nothing to say, no excuses,” Soto said. “Nobody’s responsible for this game but me.”

With one out in the Phillies’ ninth and the Cubs leading 1-0, Carlos Marmol walked both pinch-hitter Brian Schneider and Ross Gload. The Cubs closer struck out Shane Victorino but Placido Polanco singled to left. Tyler Colvin fired home but Soto seemed to close his glove too soon and never caught the ball, and Schneider was safe.

“When I slid in, I thought I was out,” Schneider said. “[Soto] did a good job of blocking out the plate. Luckily, Jimmy [Rollins] was pointing to the plate and my hand was already touching the plate. At that point, I realized that he had dropped the ball.”

“I knew [Polanco] hit it hard,” Schneider said. “It’s not really a good combination — good throw, slow runner, hard-hit ball.”

It was good enough. Marmol’s walks helped the Phillies, who scored four in the ninth in a 4-1 victory over the Cubs.

“A one-run game, it’s hard to walk people,” Lou Piniella said. “We should’ve been out of the ballgame at home plate with the third out. The catcher [Soto] hurried too much. He should’ve secured the ball and just tagged the runner. It was the opposing catcher running and [Soto] had time. It didn’t work out.”

Colvin had switched from right field to left that inning. That wasn’t the problem.

“It was a perfect throw,” Soto said. “Colvin got the ball there in plenty of time. He got a perfect throw to me. Plain and simple, I missed it. I rushed to grab the ball and get a tag and took my eyes off the ball and I just missed it.”

— Carrie Muskat

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