CHICAGO – The Cubs’ defense finished the 2012 season well.
Now they find themselves leading the majors in errors (10) after committing two errors during Thursday’s 7-6 loss to the Giants. Shortstop Starlin Castro’s fielding error in the fourth inning was his third error in nine games, and his miscue quickly turned a 5-0 lead into a one-run ballgame that the Cubs eventually squandered.
Castro’s error was especially frustrating because he misplayed a ground ball hit by Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. He went to quickly field the ball and toss it to second base for the force out to end the inning, except it skipped into center field to score a run.
“I feel really bad because it’s one of the plays you have to make,” Castro said. “It’s a routine play. It’s the pitcher running. Those things can’t happen because you know the pitcher’s running and you need to wait for the ball. … I tried to be too quick.
“It’s really frustrating. It’s a routine play. That’s not supposed to happen.”
Feldman’s disappointing start: Starting pitcher Scott Feldman’s defensive effort against the Giants rankled manager Dale Sveum.
Lasting only 41/3 innings en route to his second loss in as many starts was bad enough, Feldman failed to field his position. He picked up an error in the first inning when he dropped a toss from first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the first play of the game because he got to the base late. A delayed break to first cost him again in the Giants’ four-run fourth when second baseman Brent Lillibridge held off throwing to first.
“We’re going to have to get him out early to start working on it because that ain’t acceptable,” Sveum said.
In two starts this season, Feldman (0-2) has allowed six earned runs in nine total innings. Four unearned runs scored Thursday.
“The offense came out and threw five [runs] up there quick for me, and I would have loved to keep going and put some zeroes up there,” Feldman said.
Barney ready for rehab: Second baseman Darwin Barney is anxious to return to the Cubs’ lineup.
He won’t have to wait much longer. Barney (cut on left knee) is scheduled to play three games at Triple-A Iowa beginning Saturday and be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Barney isn’t worried about the extended layoff affecting his timing at the plate. He’s been able to stand in on live pitching and take batting practice for most of his DL stint. Other than the three days he took off and rested after initially cutting hit knee March 30, Barney has been able to take swings.
“It’s tough sitting around when you’re able to do some things, but that’s just kind of how it works,” Barney said. “I’m ready to get out and see some pitches.”