Valbuena happy to be assigned error

Valbuena happy to be assigned error

Valbuena happy to be assigned error
CHICAGO -- In the seventh inning on Wednesday, Darwin Barney nearly lost his bid for a National League record for consecutive errorless games. After a review, Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena was charged with the error, and he is OK with that.

"I feel good they gave it to me," Valbuena said Thursday.

With the Brewer leading 2-1 with two outs in the seventh, Jean Segura stole second and moved up on a throwing error by catcher Welington Castillo. Barney retrieved the ball in shallow center and threw to third, trying to get Segura. The throw was low, but hit Valbuena's glove. Segura scored, and official scorer Bob Rosenberg originally charged Barney with an error.

But after reviewing the play, Rosenberg changed his call, and switched the error to Valbuena. Barney's record streak was intact.

"It was an easy play," Valbuena said Thursday. "I have to catch that ball. I felt so bad."

Valbuena apologized to Barney after the game.

"I said, 'I'm sorry about that,'" Valbuena said. "I saw the ball and I missed it. It was a good throw."

Barney, who has now played in an NL-record 114 error-free games, originally thought he was charged with the error. He appreciated Valbuena's gesture.

"With a guy like him, you can't be happy he got the error," Barney said. "He's a really good teammate."