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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Nightmarish 9th inning costs Angels in loss to Mariners

Julio Rodriguez hit a line drive right to second baseman Luis Rengifo. The ball popped out of his glove, but he threw home in time to get Haggerty. The Angels got Haggerty in a rundown, but after Stassi threw the ball to third baseman Jose Rojas, no one had gone to cover home in time to take a throw, and Haggerty scored the tie-breaking run. Loup was supposed to cover the plate, but he stumbled in front of the mound.

Ty France then hit a routine bouncer to shortstop Andrew Velazquez, who could have gone to second to start an inning-ending double play. Instead, he threw home. It was in time to get pinch-runner Dylan Moore, but the ball popped out of Stassi’s glove as he was applying the tag.

Jesse Winker then hit a grounder to Rojas, who couldn’t throw home because he slipped. He got the out at first but another run scored. The Mariners added their fourth run on a single by J.P. Crawford.

After it was all over, Stassi took the blame for the whole mess.

“It’s horrible,” Stassi said. “The loss is on me.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 08:57 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 16, 2022 at 01:14 PM (#6091890)
It was like watching a Little League game, but that makes sense because the Angels don't field a big league lineup. Duggar, Stassi, and Velazquez combined to go 0-11 with 11 strikeouts. Injuries are certainly a part of why, but holy hell, they're embarrassing.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 16, 2022 at 04:39 PM (#6091910)
After the east coast games, I was casually watching the Angels game in case Ohtani did something interesting. Thought about commenting on the 9th inning in OmniChatter, but decided it would be needlessly cruel.

I do wonder how managers retain their stoic dugout pose in such circumstances.
   3. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 05:00 PM (#6091913)
I do wonder how managers retain their stoic dugout pose in such circumstances.


I've managed innings like that in Little League. And yes, these are kids, but there are still ridiculous things that happen that good 12-year-old players shouldn't do. When it gets to this point, there are really only two options: you can express how you really feel, which is to stomp and pound your fists and yell and scream and act like an insane person, OR you can bottle it all up, shake your head, and remain completely and utterly impassive until the rage and confusion subside. The former is almost always inappropriate (although sometimes it gets to the point that it can't be helped), so the latter is the way to go.

Also, the Angels are worse than the 12-year-old Little League team I coached.
   4. A triple short of the cycle Posted: August 16, 2022 at 05:31 PM (#6091915)
On the first play I think the catcher should have realized the pitcher was not going to be covering home - the pitcher had already slipped and was still behind the mound when the catcher threw to third. The catcher could have busted back to take a throw from the third baseman instead of just stopping.

EDIT: unless it was the first baseman's responsibility and not the pitcher. Don't think the catcher could see that the first baseman was not going to be able to cover it.
   5. Cris E Posted: August 16, 2022 at 05:34 PM (#6091916)
When things got really bad for my 10 year old's team the coach would get the guys to laugh at the worst ones. Take their one playoff game: it was late in the game, runner on first, and the pitch comes in very high and tight. The batter takes a look and ducks but leaves the bat head up behind him, which of course strikes the ball into fair territory. Everyone freezes, then the parents start coaching: "Run to first!" "Grab the ball and tag him!" "Throw it to first!" So the catcher grabs the ball and heaves it into right field. The right fielder eventually realizes it's his problem now, so he tracks down the ball and fires it over second in time to make it the left fielder's problem. He's really not expecting to be part of this and is even slower than the RF in reacting. Meanwhile the batter has caught the runner at first, who had to be chased down to second, and then convinced to keep going to third. That left enough time for the LF to skip one past the third baseman for the catcher to pick up, but then it became a foot race between the runners at third and the catcher way over by the dugout. Both score, pandemonium reigns for a couple minutes, and then the few super tiger dads who'd been the biggest red assses all year just sort of sat down and were quiet. Their kids had been out there chucking it around. A great memory that the coach was happy to tell the boys to cherish, because as bad as it feels today it'll be funny later. He was a pretty good coach.
   6. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 05:56 PM (#6091921)
On the first play I think the catcher should have realized the pitcher was not going to be covering home - the pitcher had already slipped and was still behind the mound when the catcher threw to third. The catcher could have busted back to take a throw from the third baseman instead of just stopping.

EDIT: unless it was the first baseman's responsibility and not the pitcher. Don't think the catcher could see that the first baseman was not going to be able to cover it.


I think Stassi was so laser-focused on the play in front of him that I don't think he saw the pitcher slip. Loup (the pitcher) was really late in starting his move to the plate and then the slip made it impossible. But that's the pitcher's job to cover. The first baseman should have headed that way as well once he realized that there wasn't going to be a play at first. Several guys were sleeping on the play, plus the slip.

I'm also not sure why Velasquez was so far away from third base when Rojas tried to salvage an out by throwing back to third once it was clear there was no play at home. If he sticks by the bag, they at least get one out there.
   7. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 06:00 PM (#6091923)
#5 - I've found that context really matters in my reaction to those kinds of plays. Whether we're winning or losing, if I'm loose and in a good mood, it's really easy to brush those plays off, use it as a teaching moment, and play it for laughs. If I'm stressed (even if it has nothing to do with baseball - maybe a bad day at work, or other stuff going on that has me uptight), those kinds of plays drive me nuts. I'm trying to work on playing it cool all the time, but I'm not quite there yet.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 16, 2022 at 07:33 PM (#6091936)
On the first play I think the catcher should have realized the pitcher was not going to be covering home - the pitcher had already slipped and was still behind the mound when the catcher threw to third. The catcher could have busted back to take a throw from the third baseman instead of just stopping.
The catcher’s first mistake was not chasing the runner back closer to third base. Had he done so, the 3rd baseman would likely been able to tag the runner out, or run him down if he tried to reverse course again toward home. That would also have given the Angels more time to send reinforcements to the rundown.
   9. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 16, 2022 at 07:39 PM (#6091937)
The Angels are eight games up on the Tigers in the standings, but I'm starting to think it's actually worse to be an Angels fan these days. I mean, people actually expected something from the Angels and their two superstars; instead, Trout got hurt and the entire non-Shohei contingent of the team forgot how to play baseball.

At least as a Tigers fan, you know you are staring into the void...and the void is staring back at you.

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