Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
The Los Angeles Angels thought they were in good hands on Saturday when they turned the ball over to Joe Smith. Unfortunately, the veteran reliever let the game slip through his fingers — literally — in one of the most unfathomable and embarrassing moments of the season.
Smith, who’s sure to garner interest on the trade market this month, was attempting to protect a one-run lead in the seventh inning. He was in a tough spot. Baltimore had runners at second and third with two outs, but all he needed was one good pitch to escape.
That’s when the unthinkable happened. As Smith reached in his glove and started his delivery to Adam Jones, the baseball simply fell out of his hand. That’s an automatic balk, which allowedRead More »from Embarrassing balk proves costly in Angels loss to Orioles