Joe Maddon intentionally walk Corey Seager bases filled

ARLINGTON – Angels manager Joe Maddon has long been known for being unconventional throughout his 19-year career as a Major League coach.

But he took it to the extreme Friday and deliberately chose to walk away from Texas slugger Corey Seager with the bases filled and one out in the fourth inning to bring a run home after the Rangers were already ahead.

Maddon called on right-hander Austin Warren to deliberately walk away from left-handed Seager to get to right-handers Mitch Garver and Adolis García. The Rangers went on to score three runs as a result, but the Angels came back in a final 9-6 victory.

“I thought going by Seager would avoid the big blow,” Maddon said. “And just to stir the group up, honestly. This is not something you normally do. I thought that by going up there and doing something like that, the team might react to something like that. “

Seager looked confused over the decision, and so did Angels superstar Mike Trout as the TV cameras panned to him in midfield. Warren also said he was surprised by the decision, but he trusted his manager.

“Absolutely, it surprised me, but I’m not going to say no to Joe Maddon,” Warren said. “I trust Maddon a lot and I succeeded.”

Seager embarked on a night of a .305 / .380 / .520 hit right-handed career, which played into Maddon’s decision. But Warren had actually kept the left wing for a career of .461 OPS compared to a .614 OPS against right-handers. Garver does not have big splits either – he had a career .821 OPS against right-wingers and a .863 OPS against left-wingers – while García has had reverse splits in his career with a .756 OPS against right-wingers and a .662 OPS against left-wingers.

The move backfired as Garver hit a deep drive to the right midfield for a sacrificial fly while Warren ran off with García at the plate to bring another run home. It completed an inning with five runs that gave Texas the lead.

“I’ve seen it made the best hitter in the game by Barry Bonds,” said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. “It’s a compliment to Seager, of course, for how good he is. Who knows, maybe it’s a grand slam or maybe it’s a double game? But that was not the reason they won. They did not get out of it because of it. And that’s why we ended up scoring a couple of races. ”

It was just the third time a batsman had deliberately gone with the bases charged since 1950: Josh Hamilton also got a free pass with the bases juiced in 2008, and so was Barry Bonds in 1998. It was also the eighth time in the record. it has happened. The others who got it done to them were Bill Nicholson in 1944, Mel Ott in 1929, Del Bissonette in 1928, Nap Lajoie in 1901 and Abner Dalrymple in 1881.

Maddon was the opponent’s manager when he deliberately chose to go Hamilton with the bases filled on August 17, 2008. But it was a very different situation because the then Maddon-led Rays led the Rangers by four runs with two outs in the ninth, when Hamilton got the free pass. Tampa Bay won with Marlon Byrd striking out to end the match.

The Bonds also deliberately went in the ninth inning of an 8-7 loss to the D-backs on May 28, 1998. That walk also came with two outs in the ninth before Brent Mayne lined out to the right field to end the match.

Maddon, however, got a suspension when the Angels came back with five own runs in the fifth inning, recorded by a solo homer from Kurt Suzuki and a two-run shot from Shohei Ohtani to his second homer in the game. Jared Walsh equalized the match with an RBI single and scored the clear signal on a sacrificial fly from Brandon Marsh. Walsh gave Halos two more insurance runs with a two-run explosion in the seventh.

“Whatever it did, it set us in motion,” Warren said. “Because we put five runs the next inning. So it all worked out.”

The Rangers, on the other hand, would not score again after their five-run fourth inning. Woodward stressed that the lack of performance on the pitching side was the cause of the loss, not the deliberate walk.

“I think everyone was [surprised]said Woodward. “I do not think anyone had expected what you know, [up] 3-2 at that time. I do not really have a comment on that in any way. I was actually happy because Mitch Garver is going to strike now. I mean, he just missed a grand slam. I mean, you could look at it in hindsight and say it worked. It did not work. We did not execute after that. We led 6-2. We should win. “

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