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Castro pulled after defensive screwup
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum benched shortstop Starlin Castro for the above synaptic malfunction, wherein he lost track of the number of outs in the fifth inning. It allowed the Cardinals' John Jay to tag up at third and race home for a 2-0 St. Louis lead.
Castro has done this sort of thing before, so the benching is more of a well-earned thing than an overreaction to a not-uncommon mistake.
After the game, a Cardinals' 4-0 victory, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said:
Dale Sveum on Starlin Castro: “There are only so many meetings ... When you’ve played this much baseball, you have to do it yourself.’’— Phil Rogers (@ChiTribRogers) August 18, 2013
Castro didn't disappear and sulk after being pulled, staying in the dugout to support his teammates. He admitted his error to reporters after the game.
Starlin Castro: "I know the outs, the situation, I just get my head down. A mental mistake, no reason for that. I feel really, really bad.''— Phil Rogers (@ChiTribRogers) August 17, 2013