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Cora on defense: We have to clean it up

 

      More on last night's ninth inning mess:
      -- Logan Morrison said he just plain panicked on the routine fly he dropped, which allowed the go-ahead run to score.
       "I just misjudged the flight of the ball, and by the time I realized I had overrun it, I just panicked to make a play, and it just hit me in the heel of the glove."
       Because the wind was howling in through both the windows in left and Clevelander bar that is positioned behind the left find wall, Morrison said he was playing shallow. But that corrective measure did him no good.      
    "I thought he hit it pretty good, but I was playing pretty shallow knowing the wind was howling in. So when he got it, I kind of turned the wrong way to start. (The ball) started one way and came back this way and I go "(expletive)." I was, like, 'I just (expletive) the game up for my team.' I'll be the goat."
     -- Brett Hayes on the catcher's interference call that put the tying run aboard. Jordan Schafer's bat caught Hayes' glove before it made contact with the ball, which went foul:
         "It was an accident," Hayes said. "I've never had it happen before -- ever."
        It was Hayes' first major league error.
        "For that to be the first one in that situation....there's no excuse. I sit further back (from the plate) than most, so it's shocking." 
    
      -- Acting manager Joey Cora on the ninth inning, which featured both another meltdown by closer Heath Bell, but also errors by three separate fielders on three different plays (Emilio Bonifacio was given an error when he fumbled the ball on Jose Altuve's one-out double):
       "If we pretend to be a good team, we have to clean it (defense) up. That's plain and simple. We have to play better defense to be able to compete and win games, especially with the way this ballpark is playing. We're going to have to catch the ball and make the right throws and play good defense to win games in this ballpark. We intend to work on it."
      Here are today's lineups. Second baseman Omar Infante is back in after sitting out last night's game with a sore groin:
   
      Marlins: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Bonifacio, cf; 3. Ramirez, 3b; 4. Stanton, rf; 5. Infante, 2b; 6. Morrison, lf; 7. Sanchez, 1b; 8. Buck, c; 9. Sanchez, p.
      
      Astros: 1. Schafer, cf; 2. Lowrie, ss; 3. Martinez, lf; 4. Lee, 1b; 5. Bogusevic, rf; 6. Johnson, 3b; 7. Castro, c; 8. Altuve, 2b; 9. Happ, p.
       Umpires: HP -- Kerwin Danley; 1B -- Doug Eddings; 2B -- Paul Nauert; 3B -- Dana DeMuth

 

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