5/23 Good effort ends in loss
David DeJesus never had a chance to call off Darwin Barney in the fourth inning Wednesday night. The Astros had runners at first and third with two outs when J.D. Martinez lofted a ball to right. Barney and DeJesus crashed into each other near the foul line trying to get to the ball, and tumbled. Martinez kept running and was credited with a triple, and both runners scored. DeJesus had the ball briefly in his glove but it was knocked loose.
“It was a great effort,” bench coach Jamie Quirk said of DeJesus and Barney. “If they make the play, it’s an outstanding play. It’s perfect placement on [the Astros] part. He didn’t hit it good, he hit it in the right spot, they both gave everything they have.”
Said Martinez: “I saw the right fielder running and I was like, ‘It’s going to have a chance. He’s going to have to make a nice play on it.’ I just continued to run right out of the box and was just fortunate it fell.”
DeJesus simply didn’t have time to tell Barney he had it.
“It was one of those plays that was too much in the middle of us,” Barney said. “It was placed at a point where he didn’t have a chance to call it. It’s unfortunate. My job is to go until I hear somebody call me off and that ball was put into a spot where he didn’t know he’d have a chance until he got there. He probably didn’t know he’d be able to get there.”
Barney had a bloody elbow and hip after the fall because of the rocky surface on the warning track.
“I thought he caught it,” Barney said. “I went and when I was on the ground, I thought he had it in his glove and there it was. We both did our job and it just happened to turn out that way.”
— Carrie Muskat