Watching the game last night I was getting so mad at Yunel Escobar. I know he has had issues in the past where he hasn't always hustled and has "brain farts", but last night he just seemed awful. There was the missed fly ball, the throw that pulled Glaus off the base, the no throw on the double play chance.
What is his deal? His defense has been pretty good this year, that has been well documented here at TC, but also well documented is his struggles at the plate. Is he not trying because he is struggling? Does he just not care? Is he mad about his name being brought up in trade talks? I will be interested to see if he starts today. Bobby was really mad at him last night.
Infante's top defensive contribution in the sixth inning, when he charged from third base, fielded Josh Thole's bunt and threw the ball back to third to retire Ike Davis, who had reached on a leadoff double when Yunel Escobar allowed a pop fly to land in shallow left-center.
Escobar further infuriated Cox and some of his teammates when, after fielding a Jeff Francoeur grounder with one out, he made a soft throw to first base that pulled Glaus off the bag. As Glaus reached to make the tag, he jammed his left hand against the hard-charging Francoeur.
Glaus remained in the game, and it doesn't appear that he sustained any kind of significant injury, but at least one player said that Cox was so infuriated by the lackadaisical throw that he kicked his dugout chair "at least six times."
The ever-versatile Infante has started at three positions this week and if Jones' back cooperates and allows him to return to third base on Saturday, the All-Star utility player could start at a fourth spot by spelling Escobar at shortstop.