06/18/09 12:43 AM ET
E-8: Ellsbury makes first career error
First-inning gaffe against Marlins ends record string
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Ellsbury's run of 232 games and 554 chances represented the longest errorless streaks by an outfielder in Red Sox history.
But it came to an end in the top of the first inning of Wednesday night's 6-1 win, when Marlins designated hitter Jorge Cantu hit a fly ball to left-center that appeared as if it would be the third out. Ellsbury, in stride, reached out and had the ball go off the top of his glove. It was by no means an easy play, but it is one Ellsbury has made countless times in his career.
"I got a good jump on the ball, made a good effort at it, and it just went off my glove," said Ellsbury.
Haney Ramirez scored from first for an unearned run against Red Sox starter Brad Penny.
Cantu was surprised he wasn't credited with a hit.
"It was the talk of the dugout for a few innings," Cantu said. "All I know is that Ellsbury was in full sprint for the ball. That's all I saw. It was kind of weird that they called that an error. I found that Ellsbury had some kind of streak with errors. I don't know. It's their call. There is nothing I can do about it. Everybody thought it had to be a base hit, because it was full sprint out there for the ball."
Ellsbury just didn't line it up right, for whatever reason.
"It looked to me like he just got a little stiff with his glove hand," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona.
However, Ellsbury did have a productive day with the bat, walking twice and belting a home run, his third of the season.
"I was told at a young age that you can't let your defense carry over to your offense," Ellsbury said. "It's unfortunate, but most importantly it didn't cost us and we got the win."
On May 20 against the Blue Jays, Ellsbury tied a Major League record with 12 putouts.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.