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The Los Angeles Angels purposefully strolled Corey Seager of the Texas Rangers with bases loaded up

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon called for a purposeful walk with the grounds loaded in the fourth inning of Friday night’s game against the Texas Rangers – the decision quickly backfired.

With an opening game and the Angels leading 3-2, Maddon visited with the reliever Austin Warren before deciding to give Rangers missing Corey Seager a free base, allowing Charlie Culberson to score from Tuesday to take the lead. Texas leads by two innings.

One fly sacrificed and one hit followed in the next two spot bats, yielding two more runs to put LA on a four-run hole before fouling late in the inning.

According to research by ESPN Stats & Information, Maddon’s decision only marks the third time in the past 70 years a player has intentionally walked away with pre-loaded facilities. Interestingly, he was the manager the last time it happened – in 2008, when Tampa Bay Rays detoxifier Grant Balfour issued an invitation to walk with Josh Hamilton. The Arizona Diamondbacks also intentionally went to Barry Bonds with facilities loaded in 1998.

The previous two purposeful walks also occurred with two overtakings in the ninth inning. The Diamondbacks were led by two runs when Bonds were walking, and the Rays were led by four when Hamilton was walking.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/33747334/los-angeles-angels-intentionally-walk-texas-rangers-corey-seager-bases-loaded The Los Angeles Angels purposefully strolled Corey Seager of the Texas Rangers with bases loaded up

John Walker

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