Martin Maldonado Safety Squeeze

Game: Milwaukee at Los Angeles Dodgers, May 30 (box, 6-3 Brewers win)
Situation: Top 6, one out, 0-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Milwaukee up 2-1
Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw
Batter: Martin Maldonado
Runner on 3rd: Rickie Weeks

Leverage index: 2.1
Win probability added: +4.1%

Chalk another one up for backup catchers, as the Brew Crew extends their lead on the Suicidal Tendencies board (seven squeeze attempts by my count).

I like the managing here by Ron Roenicke. A double and a walk put runners at first and second with no outs. Gomez puts down a poor bunt for a hit, which goes as a fielder’s choice to second. So it’s runners at the corners with the slow, light-hitting Maldonado coming to the plate (.236/.313/.333 in 9 seasons in the minors). On deck is the pitcher, but in this case the pitcher is Yovani Gallardo, who’s actually a better hitter than Maldonado. Roenicke calls for the squeeze, which scores the run, keeps them out of the double play, and moves the speedy Gomez into scoring position. Gallardo’s run scoring single chases Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw. Two more singles and all of a sudden it’s 5-1, Milwaukee is >90% to win, and Kershaw is out of the game to boot.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +1 (+1, success)

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