It’s one of the first things you learn in little league. When running the bases…. NEVER make the first or third out at third base. In the bottom of the 8th inning in a tie game that rule is magnified times 1000. Yet for some inexplicable reason, Erick Aybar sped around second base like a kid on an Easter egg hunt, ignoring the stop sign of third base coach Dino Ebel, and the screams from myslef and 15 other grown men in section 110. Aybar was promptly gunned down at third, 1 out, bases clear, ball game over. Sure the game would be deicded 3 innings later in the top of the 11th but Aybar’s bone head gaffe in the 8th sealed the deal. The Angels would have had a golden oppurtunity to take the lead into the ninth with Bourjos likely sacrificing Aybar to third and setting up (the teams best situational hitter) Maicer Izturis for the RBI. But… we will never know and “ifs” are for losers.
It’s important to note that Aybar is not solely to blame for his blunder. The Angels routinely make stupid base running plays and receive no stern reprimand from Scioscia as he loves pushing the envelope , so he too is at fault. Most Managers would express at least some displeasure with Aybar’s great adventure, but not Scioscia.
Instead he said the following:
“I am good with the effort of going to third, but around second it seemed liked he hesitated a bit looking back to see the ball and it ended up being the difference,”
- Up Next: Dan Haren takes the Hill against John Lester as the Halos look to even the series.