HOUSTON -- When it comes to sure-handed second baseman, few are better than the Marlins Omar Infante. Tuesday night, Infante finally looked human -- making two errors on the same play during a costly sequence in the sixth inning.
Infante said afterward it's the first time in his career he's made two errors on the same play.
“It was an easy ground ball,” Infante said. “When I didn't catch it, I hurried up the throw. I don't know where I threw it. I just feel bad because Anibal [Sanchez] pitched a great game. I feel sad for Anibal. I feel terrible.”
The Marlins (15-15) came in having made 20 errors in their first 29 games, tied for 11th worst among all major league teams. But the two Infante was charged with Tuesday were killer.
Until then, Sanchez looked like he was inline to pick up his third win of the season. Instead, he settled for a no decision despite striking out eight and giving up just five hits to go with his two unearned runs. Sanchez (2-0) still lowered his ERA to 2.01 on the season. His 46 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings now lead the National League.
Afterward, Sanchez was supportive of his teammate. On the way out of the clubhouse, Sanchez tapped Infante on the rear-end as told him "let it go" in Spanish.
“That's part of the game,” Sanchez said of Infante’s errors. “I don't have any concern about it. He's one of the best second baseman in the game, has the best hands in the major leagues. He's not perfect. I know he didn't want to make any mistakes -- especially in that situation. I'm going to support him.”