Joe Maddon Just Intentionally Walked Corey Seager With the Bases Loaded, Down a Run in the 4th Inning (UPDATE)

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Joe Maddon Just Intentionally Walked Corey Seager With the Bases Loaded, Down a Run in the 4th Inning (UPDATE)

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I haven’t a clue what to make of this, and from the look of at least one Angels player, they don’t either.

In the 4th inning of tonight’s Rangers-Angels game, the Rangers had just taken a 3-2 lead when Marcus Semien had just walked to load the bases with one out for Corey Seager. That’s when Joe Maddon threw everyone for a loop:

Maddon intentionally walked Seager, scoring a run and putting his team down 4-2, without improving the situation that much, because Mitch Garver was up next, and it ain’t like he’s bad. Walking Barry Bonds with the bases loaded and two outs when you’re UP a couple runs? OK. I get it. But this? Bizarre.

Mike Trout was all of us:

To make matters worse, the Rangers thereafter got a sac fly, and then a balk to score another one. To make it even WORSE, the Angels answered the very next inning with four runs to tie it up. What could have been! What still might be!

UPDATE: Now Joe Maddon will be able to say “it worked,” because the Angels went on to win the game. Here’s how Maddon explained the move to reporters later, which he says was mostly about stirring things up:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.