Ronald Acuna, Jr. failed to run out a ball he hit off the wall in right field on Thursday night, settling for a single in the Atlanta Braves' 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
His teammates called him out for the lack of hustle after the game. He was benched in August for a similar play.
"Yeah, it's frustrating," Freddie Freeman said. "But I think you have that conversation once. It's kind of beating a dead horse after that if you keep having the same conversation over and over again. You have to know that was a mistake."
Acuna hit a ball to right field in the seventh and Dexter Fowler played it off the wall. Acuna admired the hit and when Fowler turned around to throw the ball in, he was just getting to first base.
"There's a lot of baseball players who give their best effort all the time," Acuna said through the team interpreter. "But [it] can kind of get away from them [sometimes]. We're human. We make errors."
The inning could have turned out differently if Acuna was at second base. An Ozzie Albies groundout would have gotten him to third instead of second. He was eventually doubled off the bag when Josh Donaldson lined out to shortstop.