Cubs catcher Michael Barrett’s passed ball and ensuing mental miscue allowed Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins to score the winning run from third base in the ninth inning, leading Philadelphia to a 4-3 victory over Chicago on Wednesday.
Pat Burrell swung wildly at strike three on a full count, but Barrett couldn’t handle the pitch and was charged with a passed ball. Rollins began to run and was caught between third base and home. Instead of running at the runner, Barrett threw to third and the throw back from Aramis Ramirez was too late.
The mental miscue cost the Cubs and it was their second wacky loss to the Phillies this year.
“You’re taught to run at him every time,” Barrett said. “I panicked and threw the ball. I looked up and saw Rollins breaking and I threw the ball.”
Back in May, former Cub LaTroy Hawkins’ throw to first base for what could have been a game-ending double play instead hit Jose Offerman’s helmet and ricocheted into the stands, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
Prior will try to erase Wednesday’s debacle as he goes for his eighth win of the season. The hard-throwing righty is 7-3 with a 3.26 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 16 starts this season.
Prior spent most of June on the disabled list with an arm injury. He went 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA in six starts in July. He’s never beaten Philadelphia, going 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five career starts.
The Phillies will counter Prior with 24-year-old Brett Myers.
The talented right-hander struggled in June with a 6.18 ERA before getting back on track in July. Myers went 4-1 with a 3.32 ERA in six starts last month.