Naquin explains crucial first inning flub

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A 9-3 loss on Tuesday night started to get out of hand in the very first inning thanks to a misplayed ball in right-center field.

Ben Zobrist hit a ball into the outfield with two outs and runners at first and third. It should have been a routine ball for either Lonnie Chisenhall or Tyler Naquin, but instead, the ball dropped between them.

"It was just kind of one of those inbetweeners, you know," Naquin said. "Lonnie got a good break, I had a break. It was just one of those deals man."

As the centerfielder, the responsibility lies with Naquin to take charge of the play, communicate clearly whether he has the ball or not, something he acknowledged after the game.

"I need to take charge in that you know and not rely on that, that's my mistake," he said.

Veteran outfielder Rajai Davis said after the game that communication was difficult in the outfield because it was so loud, something Naquin agreed with.

"If you're in the ballpark, you know, you can tell how loud it is," he said. "You've got to use some kind of hand signs or something. But like I said man, that's a tough ball right there and you know, I should have taken charge."

Communication problems went on all night in the outfield. There were several times after the first inning play were Naquin appeared to be waving the corner outfielders off, but still nearly ran into teammates.


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