Miscues costly in D-backs' loss to Giants

Miscues costly in D-backs' loss to Giants

PHOENIX -- D-backs shortstop Chris Owings saw it all in front of him -- a tailor-made double-play ball that would have ended the Giants' fifth-inning threat with just one run having scored.

With runners on first and third and one out in an eventual 8-4 Arizona loss, San Francisco pitcher Johnny Cueto hit a grounder to Owings' left, leading him toward the bag. The only problem was Owings tried to turn the double play before he had the ball in his glove.

"I just kind of took my eye off it," he said. "I was trying to turn the double play right there. I got the hop that I wanted to, I just took my eye off it."

A run scored on the play and then the Giants really made the D-backs pay as Gorkys Hernandez drove home two more with a double and Brandon Belt capped the scoring with an RBI double that blew the game open.

"It put us in a bad spot," Owings said. "Just trying to be a little too aggressive and maybe just get one out right there. Knowing that Cueto probably isn't busting it down the line, I can look that ball in and make sure I get at least one out and throw the ball across the diamond. It's just frustrating. Can't have those errors -- it leads to those big innings like that."

Cueto drives in a run

That wasn't the only mistake the D-backs made on the night that hurt them, either. Second baseman Brandon Drury's error in the third also led to an unearned run.

And in the decisive fifth, the D-backs missed a potential out on an appeal play at home plate because they didn't execute it properly.

When Hernandez doubled to left, Joe Panik scored, and as Cueto got to the plate, it appeared he may have missed touching it.

The D-backs bench seemed to recognize that and communicated to catcher Jeff Mathis and pitcher Randall Delgado that they should appeal.

Something, though, got lost in the translation because instead of stepping off and throwing to Mathis, Delgado immediately threw a pitch, which negated the possibility of an appeal.

"They got the message," Lovullo said. "Unfortunately, we didn't execute it right. We practice a lot of things in Spring Training. We try to come up with plays and simulated plays that will happen during the year. I can tell you that is one we never thought would ever come up, nor did we ever practice. But we will have that done right in the future, I can promise you that."

Mathis took the blame, saying he should have come out of his crouch to make it clear to Delgado, while Delgado said it was his fault because he was so focused on getting outs that he just threw another pitch.

"Just regroup and come back ready to go tomorrow," Owings said.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.