Bochy Defends Error-Prone Torres After Giants Lose in Atlanta

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Bochy Defends Error-Prone Torres After Giants Lose in Atlanta
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ATLANTA – Giants manager Bruce Bochy stood firmly behind Andres Torres, calling him “a gifted defender who's had a couple off nights.” If only Bochy could've stood behind Torres in the sixth inning Sunday night. Then the manager could've bent over and scooped up the baseball that somehow rolled past his left fielder, leading to a damaging run in a 3-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Torres also lost a B.J. Upton ball in the lights that he otherwise might have caught. Instead, that went for an RBI double in the third inning. He has made five errors in left field his season – the most in the majors. And what's worse, Torres has played in just half of the club's defensive innings in left field (304 of 603.2). Eight teams – the Blue Jays, Yankees, Marlins, Royals, Tigers, Indians, Orioles and Diamondbacks – entered Sunday without committing a single error in left field all season. And then there are Torres' other lapses that didn't go for errors in the box score – most notably, the time he lost Didi Gregorius' line drive in the lights, which turned into a double when Torres stopped to tell Angel Pagan … that he lost the ball in the lights.

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