BALTIMORE -- With a list of injured players that seems to be growing by the day, John Farrell knows there will be some growing pains with a relatively young squad.
What Farrell won't accept, though, are mistakes that still remain within the team's control. That's why Farrell spoke out about what he viewed as "sloppy" play on Saturday night after his club's seventh consecutive loss.
A series of defensive miscues in the field led to a pair of unearned runs against right-hander Brandon Morrow and Farrell is looking for everyone on the big league squad -- including himself -- to be more accountable for their quality of play.
"I would say it's under the umbrella of attention to detail and it's not anyone in particular," Farrell said. "There were a number of things last night that showed up that haven't been showing up of late. As much as we're grinding to score some runs and put a win on the board, that's where it adds another layer to the whole stretch that we're going through."
The woes began in the third inning of Saturday night's 8-2 loss to the Orioles. Yunel Escobar made an error on what should have been an inning-ending double play, while the miscues began to pile up later on, as catcher Jeff Mathis committed a throwing error into center field.
Farrell knows some of those things are bound to happen from time to time and made a point of saying he wasn't trying to point the blame at anyone in particular. Instead, he wants the entire team to take accountability for the recent slide and focus on the little things that will help put an end to the recent 5-21 slide.
"Keep in mind, physical errors are going to be made and we're understanding of that," Farrell said. "I'm not excluding myself of this, either. When the statement was made last night, it was collective and I want to be emphatically clear on that.
"You get into a situation when things aren't going your way, you begin to press a little bit, you try to be maybe overly aggressive at times to force some things to happen and that's when the game can get kind of cruel to you ... We're all involved in this and it's not pointing the fingers at those guys between the lines."