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Snake Bytes 8/22: It’s the Little Things

A.J. Pollock came to the plate in the ninth with a chance to put his team ahead. Instead, he dropped down a good bunt, which led to a poor throw by Angels’ pitcher, Cam Bedrosian. This allowed Jon Jay to score the winning run, giving Pollock a walk-off bunt.

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Los Angeles (AL) 4, Arizona 5

Patrick Corbin turned in another strong outing, pitching six innings while allowing only two runs and striking out eight. Unfortunately, Hirano, Chafin, and Bradley combined to give up two runs, allowing the Angels to tie the game. It took some ninth inning luck for the Diamondbacks to manufacture a run, scoring without the ball ever leaving the infield of the bat.

Pollock’s Bunt Seals Victory

After John Ryan Murphy dropped down a bunt hit to put runners at first and second with no one out, A.J. Pollock came to the plate with the opportunity to be a hero. Known for his ability to drive the ball and for taking extra bases, Pollock did something he hasn’t done since the 2014 season. He laid down a sacrifice bunt. Angels’ pitcher, Cam Bedrosian fielded it quickly, but his rushed throw to third to attempt to get the lead runner, Jay, was errant and headed into foul territory in left field, allowing Jay to score easily, sending the Diamondbacks home winners.

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