The Cubs' infield pulled off an unsavory trick Thursday night, when infielders Derrek Lee (1B), Mark DeRosa (2B), Ryan Theriot (SS) and Aramis Ramirez (3B) combined to make four errors, one from each position.
The miscues played a major role in the Dodgers' 10-3 victory, putting L.A. and manager Joe Torre's squad one win away from the NLCS.
With four errors in Game 2 of the NLDS, the Chicago Cubs tied the Division Series record for most errors in a game. In addition, it was the second time in postseason play that each of a team's infielders made at least one error in game. The Detroit Tigers did it in Game 1 of the 1934 World Series (1B Hank Greenberg, 2B Charlie Gehringer, SS Billy Rogell and 3B Marv Owen) against the Cardinals.
The dubious event marked only the second time in postseason history that a team's entire infield committed errors in the same game.
It also happened in Game 1 of the 1934 World Series, and two of those infielders are Hall of Famers. The Tigers' five infield miscues in that game came courtesy of first baseman Hank Greenberg, second baseman Charlie Gehringer, shortstop Billy Rogell, and two by third baseman Marv Owen.
Detroit dropped Game 1 to the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-3, with the game's first three runs all coming courtesy of infield errors. The Tigers lost the '34 Fall Classic in seven games.
While the four Tigers all had exceptional seasons at the plate, the miscues should not have come as a complete surprise. The quartet combined for 85 errors in 1934, led by Rogell's 31 (a year after he booted 51 for Detroit).
Chicago's infield, on the other hand, totaled only 49 errors in 2008, making the defensive struggles even more of a surprise.
The Cubs' first two errors came in the second inning. DeRosa flipped a potential double-play ball to Ryan Theriot, but the shortstop caught the ball off the bag. The game's first run crossed the plate and DeRosa was charged with an error. The next batter, Casey Blake, hit a grounder at Lee, but the first baseman was unable to field it cleanly, loading the bases. By the time the inning was over, the Dodgers had plated five runs against Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano, four unearned. Ramirez added the team's third error in the fourth inning and Theriot made the final miscue of the night when he committed a throwing error in the ninth inning.