Manuel wants Pierre to remain aggressive

Manuel wants Pierre to remain aggressive

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have made their share of mistakes on the basepaths this season.

That includes Juan Pierre, who has been caught stealing twice and been picked off once. He also was thrown out at second base while trying to advance on a wild pitch Sunday. That is four outs on the bases in one month.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked prior to a 6-4 win over the Cubs if there is any way to cut down Pierre's outs on the bases.

"If I take the green light off him, I don't know what that does," Manuel said. "That sends him a pretty big message. I want him to be aggressive. That sends him a message that I don't think he can run. I definitely don't want to do that."

Pierre's aggressiveness paid off in the series finale against Chicago. He entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter for Chad Qualls and was hit by Scott Maine's first pitch of the at-bat. One out later, Pierre went from first to third on Jimmy Rollins' soft single, and he scored the go-ahead run on Placido Polanco's double.