Ron Washington, Angels manager, faults Luis Guillorme for unsuccessful squeeze bunt: ‘He didn’t execute.’

Angels’ Failed Squeeze Play Leaves Manager Frustrated; Blame Game Ensues Amidst Losing Streak

The Los Angeles Angels’ 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals left manager Ron Washington frustrated. In the bottom of the eighth inning, a failed squeeze play with Luis Guillorme at bat resulted in the Angels missing a chance to tie or take the lead. Guillorme was recently acquired by the Angels and was tasked with executing a squeeze bunt to tie the game. However, he missed a 1-1 slider and Zach Neto was tagged out at home, ending the Angels’ chances of tying or taking the lead.

After the game, Washington defended his decision to call for the squeeze bunt, citing a lefty-on-lefty matchup and wanting to avoid a potential double play. He blamed Guillorme for failing to execute the play, emphasizing that Romero was throwing strikes and that Guillorme needed to make contact with the ball. When asked about his manager’s remarks, Guillorme acknowledged his failure to execute the bunt and admitted that he didn’t see Washington’s comments about it. He acknowledged that Romero made a good pitch but simply needed him to get it down.

The loss dropped the Angels to 15-28 and kept them at the bottom of AL West standings. They have struggled to find consistency this season, winning consecutive games only twice amidst a string of losses.

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