Luis Garcia Explains Thinking Behind Costly Error in Astros' Loss
After an impressive 11-game win streak at the start of May, the Houston Astros have played just .500 baseball in their last 10 games, including a tough loss to the Cleveland Guardians on Monday night.
It was a third inning throwing error by pitcher Luis Garcia that opened the gates for Cleveland, who scored a pair of runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings en route to this 6-1 victory.
Garcia spoke with media following the loss to explain his thinking behind one costly error.
With two on and one out in the third, Guardians outfield Ahmed Rosario hit a bouncer back to Garcia, who turned to second base for a potential inning-ending double play. Only... his throw sailed into center field and eventually led to two unearned runs in the affair.
The speedy former Astro Myles Straw was running from first on the play, making it a difficult opportunity to turn two on.
“When I saw that I threw the ball to center field, I said ‘Wow,’” said Garcia. “It was difficult because I took the ground ball, and I knew it was a slow one. I saw second base and I saw the runner was almost on the base. I thought I made a mistake. It was the right choice, but I made a bad throw.”
Garcia doesn't take back making the throw, but rather his execution on the play in question. Check out the video below.
Manager Dusty Baker also weighed in after the loss, backing up that his starting pitcher made the right call.
“He had him at second base. That was the play. Any time you can go for a double play, you go for a double play. It was an errant throw. We gave them three runs today," said Baker.
Houston will look to move on from Monday's loss with a victory against Cleveland on Tuesday. The Astros enter this matchup as -235 moneyline favorites, according to MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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