Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has brutal defensive inning in Game 1
Yasmani Grandal had a brutal defensive inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday, costing them against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Grandal allowed a passed ball, committed catcher’s interference, and made an error all in the same inning.
With the game tied 1-1 and runners at first and second in the bottom of the third and one out, Grandal got crossed up on a low slider and allowed it to skip behind him to the backstop to move the runners up a base. Grandal went down like he needed to block the pitch, but the pitch never bounced. Because he had turned his glove around, he was unable to catch it.
The batter at the plate for the passed ball was Jesus Aguilar, who then hit a line drive that was caught by David Freese on a dive to seemingly make it two outs. However, Grandal committed catcher’s interference while reaching out to catch the pitch. That put Aguilar on first. Grandal was charged with an error for the interference.
The next batter was Hernan Perez, who drove a fly ball to center to score the runner from third. Grandal committed another error when he was unable to catch the throw home from Cody Bellinger, allowing the runners on first and second to move up a base.
Luckily Clayton Kershaw got a strikeout to end the inning, but not before Grandal cost the team a run.
Grandal, who had a passed ball earlier in the game, became the first catcher in postseason history to have two passed balls and two errors in the same game.