The Dodgers debuted a crazy four-man infield shift (and it worked)
Dodgers debut crazy four-man infield shift
Teams seem to be employing the infield shift more and more these days, so it was probably only a matter of time before we saw the next innovation in defensive positioning.
On Friday, the Dodgers gave us a glimpse of the future, and it's insane.
In the bottom of the twelfth inning of a matchup against the Padres, Kevin Correia gave up a single and two walks, loading the bases for San Diego with just one out. With the game on the line, and Padres batter Seth Smith at the plate, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly debuted baseball's version of the all-out blitz: a four-man shift.
Yep, that's shortstop Miguel Rojas, second baseman Dee Gordon, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and center fielder Andre Ethier -- all lined up on the right side of the infield.
And sure enough, Smith hit a grounder right into the Great Wall of Dodgers, enabling Gordon to fire to home for the forceout and keep the score tied at 2-2.
The next batter, Yasmani Grandal, would give the Padres the walk-off win on a single -- but look where the ball went:
Stick with what works, Dodgers. It's the way of the future.