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Stephen Cannella
September 03, 2001
EXPOS 6, REDS 4 Aug. 24
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September 03, 2001

In The Box

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EXPOS 6, REDS 4 Aug. 24

There are two types of errors—physical and mental—and Reds catcher Jason LaRue made both, giving Montreal a victory. In the first inning the Expos took a 1-0 lead on a pitch that should have retired the side: Orlando Cabrera swung and missed for strike three, but the ball skittered past LaRue for a passed ball that allowed Cabrera to take first base and Jose Vidro to score from third. Another passed ball by LaRue, in the seventh inning, advanced the two base runners who would eventually score the winning run and an insurance run.

LaRue's worst mistake, however, came in the sixth. With the bases loaded and none out, Montreal's Michael Barrett chopped a grounder to third baseman Juan Castro, who stepped on third for a force-out and then fired home in time for an apparent double play. LaRue, however, stepped on the plate instead of tagging the runner—forgetting that Castro had eliminated the force at home when he stepped on third. LaRue was not charged with an error on the play, because a double play can't be assumed, but the run the Expos scored on LaRue's mental gaffe tied the game 4-4.

"As soon as the ball was hit, I was thinking double play to first," LaRue said. "Juan tagged the bag, and it slipped my mind."