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Angels' Ron Washington calls out player for not getting suicide bunt down in questionable coaching decision

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Los Angeles Angels manager Ron Washington has been in the game a long time, so it's understandable he's confident in his decision-making. However, one of his managerial moves proved costly, and he wasn't taking any of the blame.

With the bases loaded and his Los Angeles Angels trailing 7-6 with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Luis Guillorme was tasked with putting down a suicide squeeze. 

However, because the slider he faced was well outside the strike zone, Guillorme missed, and base runner Zach Neto was tagged out at home. 

Guillorme struck out later in the at-bat to end the inning, and the Angels lost by that same score.


Los Angeles Angels manager Ron Washington looks on from the dugout during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium.  (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports)

It was a peculiar decision by Washington to just about everyone — except Washington.

Washington conceded he made the decision because of the lefty-on-lefty matchup, and he didn't want Guillorme grounding into a double play with a sinker ball pitcher on the bump.


The 72-year-old longtime coach brushed aside any blame and placed it all on Guillorme.

"He can handle the bat," Washington began. "He didn’t do the job. It wasn’t anything I did wrong. He didn’t do the job."

Washington then said he "would’ve rather gone to the ninth inning with a 6-6 lead than have gone to the ninth inning the way we did." That's tough to do since it is impossible to have a lead in a 6-6 game, or any tie game, for that matter. The game also could not have become a 6-6 game because the St. Louis