The Pittsburgh Pirates entered their game Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds having lost eight of their last 10 games. With the game tied 5-5 and two runners on in that game, second baseman Neil Walker came up against Cincy closer (for now) J.J. Hoover as his team tried to get things back on track at home.
Not sure if Phillips lost track of that ball or what, but he took an odd route to not catching it as it fluttered to the ground. As for Devin Mesoraco behind the plate, he also was not able to handle the ball on a short hop, leaving his squad wondering what could have been if there was a play at the plate.
Both of these teams are trying to stay afloat amidst tough starts, so this is a big win for the Pirates.