In the seventh inning, with Jacob deGrom on the mound, rookie SS Amed Rosario scooped up a routine grounder and double tapped the ball to his glove before making a casual throw to first base.
The batter, Dee Gordon, who is among the fastest runners in the league, was safe.
"I am learning from all these small mistakes," Rosario said. "I knew he could run well, but I got a little overconfident on that play. ... I really do feel bad about that error."
In a rare show of emotion, deGrom raised his hands in the air looking showing total frustration with Rosario. DeGrom's next pitch, to Giancarlo Stanton, was hit over the left-field wall for a three-run home run.
"When Rosario didn't make that play, I put my hands up. I probably shouldn't have done that. I have to talk to him. That's my bad," deGrom said. "I can't show emotion out there like that, especially when it has to do with other players, when you know they are out there trying to play defense behind me. That's on me."
Aug 6, 2017; Rosario (1) fields a throw at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
"He learned a lesson and I am sure it won't happen again," manager Terry Collins said about his young shortstop. "Jake might have been frustrated we didn't make some plays, but it's the same message. You talk about the message over here about playing the game right."
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): THIS is why it's good to have Rosario up playing shortstop everyday, because by making these mistakes now, and learning the big-league speed of the game, he'll be better for it next season. I hate to beat a dead horse, but how much better would he be by now had he been called up in May, when everyone (but Sandy Alderson) wanted him here...
"He's really an impressive defender. Great range. A great arm. The defensive stats relate that," Collins also said this weekend. "He's certainly solidified (the left) side and up the middle, and allowed our guys to kind of hang around their areas and catch the balls that they can get too. He's everything that we anticipated."
Rosario is learning. Like most young shortstops in their first run through the league, Amed is still playing he's in Triple-A. In time, thanks in part to mistakes and reactions like yesterday, he'll learn, adjust and these errors will be a distant memory. The kid is going to be just fine...