Carlos Gomez and Rickie Weeks Fail

Game: San Diego at Milwaukee June 8 (box, 9-5 Brewers win)
Situation: Bottom 4, one out, 0-1 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Milwaukee down 2-1
Pitcher: Edinson Volquez
Batter: Carlos Gomez
Runner on 3rd: Rickie Weeks

Leverage index: 2.5
Win probability added: -9.9%

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The situation was too perfect for a squeeze. The Brewers are on top of the Suicidal Tendencies board. According to the Milwaukee broadcast crew, manager Ron Roenicke and the coaching staff talk about the squeeze play at length. Gomez is a prime bunt candidate at any time given his great speed and high strikeout rate (22%), and Weeks has good speed from third.

Gomez squares on the first pitch, but doesn’t offer at it. He does bunt the second pitch, but it’s a terrible bunt, lined hard straight at the charging first baseman Yonder Alonso. Weeks initially started toward the plate, but then was forced to stop seeing the ball in the air. He probably shouldn’t have broken at all or at least retreated immediately. Instead, he hesitates part way down the line and then tries to dash back to third. Alonso plays the ball on a hop, and makes a great off-balance throw to nail Weeks. Weeks looks bad on the play, but it’s the poor bunt by Gomez that sets the whole thing in motion.

Martin Maldonado, a successful squeeze bunter himself, cleans up the mess with a three-run homer.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): -1 (-1, fail)

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