The Angels turned a wild pitch into an out at second with this impressively crazy play
Do me a favor -- watch this play from the Angels' 6-1 win over the Royals Monday night, and help me figure out if it was an impressive maneuver to turn a brief moment of chaos into an out, or part of the plan all along:
Breaking it down: With Kendrys Morales at bat and Eric Hosmer at first in the sixth inning, Garrett Richards -- who had trouble with control all night -- bounced a pitch in the dirt. The ball popped straight up, way over catcher Carlos Perez's head. Hosmer, thinking Perez had lost the ball, took off for second. Then the ball landed directly in front of Perez. He caught it on one hop and fired to Andrelton Simmons at second, who tagged Hosmer after his slide carried him off the base.
The wild pitch was conveniently turned into the first out of the inning.
It was all so perfectly executed -- the perfect bounce, Perez's perfect catch and throw, Simmons' tag -- that I can't help but wonder … maybe they planned it? After all, it was just a day after the Angels pulled off a different very intentional fake out at second.
All I'm suggesting is that what appeared to be a stroke of luck could very well have been a play expertly drawn up by a team of secret trick-play scientists in a laboratory under Angel Stadium. Watch it again and tell me that's impossible:
"[Richards] was just wild enough to be really effective," Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game.
Yes, just wild enough. Suspiciously wild, you might say.