Dodgers News: Yasmani Grandal Crossed Up By Pedro Baez, Accepts Responsibility For Walk-Off Loss To Angels
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The Los Angeles Dodgers were down to their final strike in what had been a listless offensive performance. Through 8.2 innings the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had allowed just two hits and one run.

That was courtesy a Trayce Thomspon solo homer in the eighth. Yasmani Grandal made it back-to-back innings with a home run, as he clubbed a hanging breaking ball over the wall in center field to tie the game.

Granal became the first Dodgers player to hit a game-tying home run with the team down to their final strike since Shawn Green on Aug. 3, 2002.

While Grandal’s homer had the Dodgers in position to force the game into extra innings, his misplay in the bottom of the ninth sealed a walk-off loss.

Ben Revere reached on Chris Taylor’s error with one out, and soon after advanced to second base on a Pedro Baez wild pitch.

Baez proceeded to strike out Cameron Maybin but Grandal dropped the ball. He retrieved it, double-clutched and threw over Chase Utley’s head at first base. That allowed Revere to easily score the game-winning run.

Following the loss, Grandal explained the sequence and put the blame on himself, via Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group:

Taylor’s error was his first of the season, and it was also Baez’s first wild pitch in 2017. The dropped-strike three was Grandal’s seventh passed ball of the year, and the error was his third.

While Cody Bellinger’s height presumably would’ve prevented Grandal’s throw from sailing into right field, a night off his feet defensively was needed for Bellinger, who has appeared in all 60 games since making his MLB debut April 25.