Cubs blunder on the infield costs them a run

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Dan Haren hasn’t had the cleanest of starts to his Cubs debut Wednesday night against the Pirates. Although, not all the runs were just his fault.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, it looked as if the Cubs would get out of the inning, stranding a runner at second base. Pirates third baseman Aramis Ramirez rolled over on a pitch hitting a soft ground ball to the left side.

Then disaster struck…

With the shift on, shortstop Starlin Castro was significantly closer to third baseman Kris Bryant than normal. The small change threw the players for a loop as the ball slipped into left field. With it, Starling Marte was able to score and extend the Pittsburgh lead to 4-1.

Cubs’ Ross and Grimm use body language to help Addison Russell catch last outThe play was ruled a base hit, but following the game there is no doubt both players will consider it a mental error. Fortunately, a pair of back-to-back home runs the following inning would even things up.

This play is a far cry from where Bryant and Castro were earlier in the season.

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