Wilmer Flores threw wide to first base on a ground ball from Ben Revere with two outs in the seventh inning on Sunday.
The Phillies ended up scoring two runs in advance of a ninth-inning rally that eventually won them the game.
“We’ve got to see if he can play a major league shortstop,” Terry Collins said after the game, lamenting the mistake. “He’s got to be out there. We’ve got to find out if he’s going to be able to do it, if he’s going to be able to hit. With that comes maybe a play like that.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
He made a few mistakes Saturday, but the ball up the middle on Sunday in the seventh inning was a concern to me. He was going to his left. He had more than enough time, yet still couldn’t get right and make a strong throw to first base.
The inning could have been over, but Wilmer’s throw was wide and the runner was safe. After that, the seventh inning went down hill…
He’s clearly never going to win a Gold Glove at shortstop. The question, and what I think the organization is probably trying to figure out, is: will he do enough with his bat in the big leagues to offset these sort of costly errors at shortstop? So far, that remains to be seen…