Choate Takes the Blame


Following his errant throw which allowed San Francisco to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, St. Louis Cardinals reliever Randy Choate offered no excuses.

“It just sailed on me–I had a great grip, there’s no excuse,” said Choate. “It just took off on me. I threw it right at the bag where I thought Wong was. I could see him coming in. Now I just see it in slow motion the more I talk about it and replay it in my head. It was easy, it wasn’t rushed–it wasn’t anything. I went to throw it and it just took off on the left for me. It just cost us the game.”

“They got the bunt down and we just didn’t make the play,” said Mike Matheny. “He’s a good fielder.  Errors happen.  That’s it.”

Brandon Crawford worked a walk off Choate to lead-off the inning and Juan Perez followed with a single before Gregor Blanco put down the bunt which led to the throwing error. This was the first runner from second base Choate allowed to score all season.

“The sun will come up tomorrow, this one will sting probably for me the rest of the night and maybe into tomorrow but once that game starts tomorrow I can’t be worried about what happened today or none of us. We’ve got to come out here and do a job–that’s why you play a seven-game series.

Of his 61 regular season appearances, Choate faced more than one batter 23 times.

“While disappointing and I’ll probably dwell on it a little bit tonight–and I’m sure I’ll get to see the replay a billion times, but when I wake up in the morning I’m going to head to the park, come here and it’s a new day.”

photo credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

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