6/4 Sveum: “It’s the last straw”
Starlin Castro was embarrassed and apologized, but Dale Sveum said he’ll bench the 22-year-old shortstop if he has another lapse in concentration. The Giants scored the tying run on a double play that wasn’t turned and then scored the go-ahead run on one that was to post a 3-2 win Monday over the Cubs and complete a sweep of the four-game series. The Giants trailed 2-1 when they loaded the bases with none out in the fifth and Jeff Samardzija got Joaquin Arias to line out to second base. Brandon Crawford hit a potential double-play ball to Darwin Barney, who flipped to Castro covering second. But Castro apparently thought that was the third out and headed toward the dugout without a throw to first. A run scored on the play to tie the game.
“It’s something that’s obviously unacceptable at any time,” Sveum said. “Whether we could have turned the double play is irrelevant to not knowing how many outs there are in the most important part of the game. These things have to stop happening or we’re just going to stop playing [him]. These kind of things are things my son does in high school — maybe.”
Did Sveum consider benching Castro at that point?
“No,” Sveum said. “I can’t take him out. I’ll have a good talking to him. It’s the last straw. If he wants to play, he better start getting his head in the game, period.”
It was Castro’s second “brain fart” — as Sveum calls them — in the series. On Friday, the shortstop also tried to steal at the wrong time and didn’t slide.
“It’s very embarrassing,” Castro said. “I apologized to my team and everybody. That kind of thing is not supposed to happen.”
— Carrie Muskat