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In Angels’ controversial decision to issue base-loaded intentional walk – The Athletic

ARLINGTON, Texas — Joe Maddon took to the mound to make a decision that would shock the baseball world.

He wanted to personally tell pitcher Austin Warren that he would demand an intentional walk with bases and an out in the fourth inning. It would give the Rangers two runs. It was a decision that defied all conventional wisdom – so rare that no manager has ever made a similar decision so early in the game.

The Angels manager looked to extend Texas’ lead to take the bat out of Corey Seager’s hands. The inning ended with the Angels trailing by four.

“The numbers are one thing,” said the veteran manager after the game, which the Angels won 9-6 against Rangers. “People are something completely different. And for me, the human element required exactly what we did.”

“Absolutely surprising,” Warren said of his skipper’s decision. “But I mean, I’m not going to say no to Joe Maddon.”

The unprecedented decision to intentionally go into a run in the fourth inning was just the most absurd part of a night of absurdities. The Angels hit five homers — including the first two of the season from Shohei Ohtani, one from the light-battering Kurt Suzuki, and another rare concede from Jared Walsh.

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