Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon called for a deliberate outing with loaded bases in the fourth inning of Friday night’s game against the Texas Rangers — a decision that quickly backfired.
With one out and the Angels trailing 3-2 in Arlington, Texas, Madonne visited with the Redeemer Austin Warren Before you decide to give the Rangers shortstop Cory Seeger Free base allows Charlie Colperson He scored from third to give Texas the lead twice.
A fly and shock ensued in the next two strokes, resulting in two extra runs to put Los Angeles on a four-stroke hole before a fault at the break.
Angels rallied to victory 9-6.
According to research by ESPN Stats & Information, Maddon’s decision marks only the third time in the past 70 years that a player has deliberately gone along with loading rules. Interestingly, he was the manager the last time this happened — in 2008, when Grant Belfort, a Tampa Bay Rays loyalist, took a picnic with Josh Hamilton. The Arizona Diamondbacks also deliberately walked on Barry Bonds with the loaded bases in 1998.
Each of the previous intentional infantrymen loaded on the bases occurred with two outs in the ninth inning. The Diamondbacks led by two runs when the Bonds walked, and the Rays led by four when Hamilton was walking.
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