Game: Washington at Boston, June 10 (box, 4-3 Nationals win)
Situation: Top 7, one out, 1-1 count, runners at 2nd/3rd, Washington down 2-1
Pitcher: Jon Lester
Batter: Roger Bernadina
Runner on 3rd: Ian Desmond
Leverage index: 2.6
Win probability added: -14.0%
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Here’s how it went down:
Bernadina sees three pitches, and he squares to bunt on all three. The first pitch is bunted foul on the ground down first base line foul. The second pitch is outside, and Bernadina doesn’t offer at it. The third pitch is a high fastball, and it’s bunted in the air straight to the first baseman. The Nats narrowly avoided disaster as Tyler Moore was almost doubled off second base on the play.
I have to think that showing bunt on three consecutive pitches played a role in this fail. A high fastball is the toughest pitch to bunt on the ground, and sure enough, Lester induces a pop up.
Bernadina redeemed himself in the ninth with a two-out, run scoring double that gave the Nats the lead for good.
Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): -2 (-1, fail; -1, pop up)