Adam Wainwright Suicide Squeeze Fail / Alcides Escobar Safety Squeeze Fail

Game: Kansas City at St. Louis, June 17 (box, 5-3 Royals win in 14 innings)

The Cards and Royals celebrate Father’s Day with dueling failed squeeze plays in a 14 inning game! Let’s go to the videotape!

Situation: Bottom 5, zero out, 0-1 count, runners at 2nd/3rd, St. Louis down 1-0
Pitcher: Luis Mendoza
Batter: Adam Wainwright
Runner on 3rd: Tyler Greene

Leverage index: 2.2
Win probability added: -18.9%

It’s a tough pitch to bunt, a slider down and a foot outside, and Wainwright can’t make contact. He should have thrown the bat at it.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): -2 (-1, fail; -1, missed bunt)

Situation: Top 11, zero out, 1-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, game tied at 2-2
Pitcher: Victor Marte
Batter: Alcides Escobar
Runner on 3rd: Jeff Francoeur

Leverage index: 2.5
Win probability added: -23.3%

Escobar bunted this one too hard, but most of the credit goes to Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig for getting to the ball quickly and cutting down the go-ahead run. Kudos to the Royals for the gumption to call for the squeeze in extras. All they got for their trouble though was the most costly fail of the season (-23% WPA).

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

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