Cubs hope Soriano learns from defensive lapse

Cubs hope Soriano learns from defensive lapse

MIAMI -- In the sixth inning Wednesday, the Marlins had a runner at second when Donnie Murphy blooped a ball into shallow left. Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano fielded it but didn't throw it quickly back into the infield. Murphy hustled to second and got a double from what should've been a single.

"It was [Murphy's] hustle, but we could've done a lot of things differently," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said after the game. "We have to get the ball and get the ball to second base. 'Sori' knows that, and he knows he made a mistake and took something for granted there."

Murphy scored on a sacrifice fly, part of a three-run inning in the Marlins' 9-1 win.

Sveum and outfield coach Dave McKay both said something to Soriano about the play.

"It was a little lapse of what Dave's been talking about -- get the ball and get it to somebody else right away," Sveum said on Thursday. "That didn't happen, and then obviously we got it to the wrong person. That's just taking something for granted. Hopefully, that's the last time that happens."

Soriano has played better defense this season. This was just a blip.

"He's been going after balls down the line this year and doing a heck of a lot better," Sveum said. "It wasn't being lazy. He took a routine base hit for granted, and the guy caught him on it."