Matt Williams cost the Nats the game last night (April 21). In the 8th inning Tyler Clippard was on the mound. An Angels rally was gathering steam with two dangerous left-handed batters coming up (Aybar and Raul Ibanez). Ibanez is a well-known “Nats-Killer”. Everyone knows Clippard is having serious problems with Lefties, especially this year. The Nats had 3 left-handed pitchers in the pen and Cedeno was all warmed up. But Matt stuck with Clippard! I was screaming at my TV! I think even my 5-yr old grandson would have brought in Cedeno 🙂 So the bottom line is the Angels proceeded to score 4 runs as both batters came through with base hits, and Ibanez hit his over Bryce’s head in left field!
Ian Desmond’s 2 errors in the inning didn’t help! But errors happen, while manager decisions are avoidable.