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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Dodgers lose to Mariners in extra innings with walk-off balk

Question for us all: of the various uncommon ways to have a walk-off win, are there any more entertaining than the walk-off balk?

The movement was small enough that it might not be noticeable in another situation. But this was the 10th inning of a tied game between two teams with playoff aspirations. When Dodgers reliever Dylan Floro stepped off the mound with the bases loaded, his team’s fate was sealed. It was a walk-off balk in a 5-4 defeat to the Mariners, one which left the Dodgers furious at the umpiring crew but unable to answer.

“That’s the worst part about tonight, that it was decided by an umpire,” third baseman Justin Turner said. “There was nothing egregious about that. We watched [the replay]. There was nothing egregious.”

The defeat stung for several reasons. At this point in the season, the Dodgers cannot afford many losses. It also sapped the confidence of a bullpen still reeling from the follies of series against Colorado and San Francisco.

 

QLE Posted: August 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: balk, dodgers, mariners, walkoff wins

 

 

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