PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The topic du jour Wednesday was a dropped fly ball by Pirates leadoff man Starling Marte that opened the door to a 4-3 come-from-behind win by the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in 14 innings Tuesday night.
In what has been an otherwise strong defensive season for the sophomore Pirate, it was Marte’s NL-leading sixth error as a left fielder.
The Pirates, unable to supplement early home runs by center fielder Andrew McCutchen and shortstop Jordy Mercer, book-ended the criticial gaffe with missed opportunities on offense. They went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.
Beginning on “The Fan Morning Show” with Gregg Giannotti, Paul Alexander and Jim Colony (weekdays 5:40-10:00 A.M. on The Fan), Marte was the easiest of easy targets, but his coaching staff, despite successful adjustments throughout the game, was not exempt from criticism either.
Caller John in Beaver says you have to make that catch, while Pirates Broadcaster John Wehner, projecting his anger in a different direction, sees no excuse for McCutchen not to have scored from third base in the top of the 14th inning: