Trea Turner's Terribly Unlucky Slip on Routine Ground Ball Costs Phillies a Run

Apr 9, 2024; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner (7) fields a ground ball.
Apr 9, 2024; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner (7) fields a ground ball. / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Errors can prove plenty costly in baseball, but sometimes there’s just bad luck—a reminder that Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner received in brutal fashion on Friday.

In the top of the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Connor Joe chopped what appeared to be a fairly routine ground ball in the direction of Turner. The 30-year-old shortstop comfortably got into position, but right before he was able to secure the grounder in his glove, he slipped, allowing the ball to drift into shallow left field.

To make matters worse, the ground ball was enough to score Pittsburgh’s Michael A. Taylor from third base, giving the Pirates a 2–0 lead.

Turner has had a rocky start in the field to start the 2024 season, making three errors in 13 games played. Last season he recorded a career-high 23 errors in 153 starts at shortstop.

The play on Friday ultimately was ruled a single for Joe, so Turner won’t receive a blemish on his own stat sheet when all is said and done. However, the Phillies felt the effect on the scoreboard—a costly price to pay for bad luck.


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