The ineptitude just got to a whole new level. Michael Taylor just allowed a Puig single to turn into a 3 base error for a walk-off Little League HR.
Joe Ross was cruising and like he often does falters late in the game. Sure enough Grandal singled, Puig singled and A.J. Ellis bunted them over to 3rd and 2nd. Dusty Baker pulled Joe Ross with 1 out and brought in Oliver Perez who had to face a righty pinch-hitter in Enrique Hernandez and struck him out on 3 pitches. The next batter was Corey Seager who he got to fly out to get the Nats out of trouble and keep the game knotted at 2-2. The game would remain tied into the 8th inning with 2 outs as Wilson Ramos came to bat.
Pedro Baez the hard throwing righty came in to face Wilson Ramos, and the Buffalo smashed a HR to deep leftfield to put the Nats up 3-2.
In the 9th, the Nats had bases loaded for some add-on runs but couldn’t come through as Bryce Harper harmlessly grounded out. Michael Taylor struck out for the 5th time in the game with no contact. Taylor carried his issues into the field and allowed Puig’s single to roll under his glove to score Kendrick around from 1st base as the tying run and Puig ran through the stop sign and scored the Little League style HR for the Dodger’s walk-off win 4-3.
The Nats losing streak is now at 5 games. What does Rizzo and Baker do now?
All of this on Dusty Baker Bobblehead night, and the Dodgers honered Dusty Baker who caught the ceremonial 1st pitch from his old Dodger teammate Tommy Davis.
To quote the great Vin Scully as Yasiel Puig was scoring and the camera focuses on Taylor, “Michael Taylor who struck out 5 times has the error that KILLS Washington.”