ANAHEIM -- It was the most unusual of walk-off wins for the Angels.They mustered no hits and no walks but took advantage of the Dodgers' sloppy ninth-inning defense to rally for a wild 3-2 victory in the third game of the Freeway Series on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.Minutes after
ANAHEIM -- It was the most unusual of walk-off wins for the Angels.
They mustered no hits and no walks but took advantage of the Dodgers' sloppy ninth-inning defense to rally for a wild 3-2 victory in the third game of the Freeway Series on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.
Minutes after smashing the game-tying home run in the top of the ninth, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal tossed away the game by allowing Ben Revere to score the winning run from second on a passed ball and a throwing error, on a strikeout.
"The ninth inning was really a turn of events," Revere said. "That's the good thing about having speed here. We cause havoc on the basepaths."
Revere reached base on a fielding error by shortstop Chris Taylor and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Pedro Baez. Cameron Maybin then struck out swinging, but Grandal couldn't corral Baez's changeup in the dirt, causing the ball to skip to the backstop. Grandal quickly recovered and threw to first base, but the ball sailed high of Chase Utley and into right field, allowing Revere to race home and give the Halos their Major League-best seventh walk-off victory of the season.
"Yasmani was a little late getting there to set up," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said about the sequence. "It was a changeup that was down that he couldn't get to, it went under his glove. It was just a combo of things, not getting the ball, getting in his glove, making a high throw. Chase, maybe not realizing where Maybin was at down the line."
Miscommunication between Grandal and Baez and a lack of awareness led to the manifestation of the events, Grandal said.
"You got to be three, four steps ahead," Grandal said. "Obviously I didn't do a good job of that. I didn't see that scenario coming. The fact that you get a ball behind you and you completely forget about that guy at second who you know is super fast and all of sudden it comes to your head that he might score. That's one of those situations, as a catcher you gotta be 20 steps ahead of everybody."
Wednesday marked the second time in Angels history that the club has collected a win via a walk-off strikeout. The last time it happened was on June 16, 1986, when Wally Joyner scored the game-winning run against the Rangers following George Hendrick's strikeout and a passed ball.
Several Angels said afterward that they had never seen a game end the way it did on Wednesday, but they were all happy that the break went their way.
"Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Maybin said, "and we were lucky tonight."
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.