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So why did Jay Bruce miss that fly ball last night?

Oct 9, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

After Jay Bruce muffed the fly ball in the seventh inning of Game 2 against the Phillies last night, there were some beat reporters who speculated that he may have lost track of the ball because of the sea of white rally towels being waived at Citizens Bank Park.

Bruce cleared all that up after the game, telling Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he lost the ball in the stadium lights.

“It was in the lights the whole time,” Bruce explained. “I tried to
stick with it to see if it would come out. It never did. It’s pretty
helpless. It’s embarrassing. I take a lot of pride in my defense.
There’s really nothing I can do about it. I wish for my team more than
anything that it didn’t go into the lights or that it came out and I
could have caught it. It didn’t happen.”

And to think, just a little over a week ago, Bruce was the hero for propelling the Reds into the postseason with a walkoff home run against the Astros. This game has a way of humbling someone pretty fast.

  1. walk - Oct 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    That was an odd play. I saw him run to it, didnt seem to blink, flinch, or look wildly about. He just ran right to it.. and didnt try to catch it. Normally you see people go into a kind of protect mode if they lose it, seems to me from the way he acted he may have never seen it. One other thing bothered me about the play was that he was charged an error. He didnt try to reach for it and it did not hit him or his glove, the ball fell in, giving him an error seems unjust but i guess it would be worse for chapman if it was a hit.

  2. bboomer - Oct 9, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Too bad, so sad. That seems to be the way the game goes. Being a Braves fan, I would rather the Phillies not win because they played us too well at the end of the season taking 5 of 6. They will be in their home field for the next game so maybe they can overcome the deficit.

  3. Filmter - Oct 9, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    it happens sometimes. sucks for bruce and the reds.

  4. Jerry13 - Oct 9, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Bruce is honest why he did not catch the ball and that is refreshing-something his teammates need to learn. The Red’s short stop should have stopped short when he blamed the ump for thier inability to get a hit in game 1. The ump did not foece the Red’s to foolishly swing at pitches out of the zone.

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