The big-picture implications of Jeremy Hellickson’s start Saturday against Milwaukee — i.e., his trade value, potential destination, etc. — were left to others to ponder. Hellickson was more concerned about smaller matters. Like the eight pitches he threw to Eric Thames in the third inning. Or the three batters who followed Thames. In Hellickson’s mind, that’s where the game was lost, as opposed to when the Brewers’ Domingo Santana lined a single to left off Hector Neris in the ninth, chasing home the tie-breaking run in a 9-8 Milwaukee victory (see Instant Replay). Hellickson, left with a messy no-decision after the Phillies wiped out an 8-1 deficit, was more than willing to shoulder responsibility
The Chicago Cubs rallied to claim a win in MLB, while Wilmer Flores stood up for the New York Mets on Saturday. One day after suffering a meltdown in the eighth inning, the Cubs staged a comeback of their own in a 3-2 win over the St Louis Cardinals.
Giancarlo Stanton’s aim was truer than Tom Koehler’s. While Stanton threw out two runners with pinpoint-accurate throws on Sunday, Koehler’s throwing misfire on a potential inning-ending double play came back to haunt him in the Marlins’ 6-3 setback to the Reds. “That play probably ended up costing us the game,” Koehler said. The loss prevented the Marlins from completing their first sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati in 14 years. Koehler gave up three home runs. But none of those pitches proved as costly as his throwing miscue in the fifth when the Reds stretched a 2-1 lead into a 4-1 advantage. With runners at the corners and one out, Koehler fielded Joey Votto’s bouncer. But he overshot his throw