The New York Mets considered walking Mike Trout with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of Saturday's game.
The Mets entered the ninth with a five-run lead, but the Los Angeles Angels scored two runs and faced a 7-4 deficit with Trout coming to the plate with no outs and the bases loaded."The first thought is, I'd almost try to walk this guy [rather] than pitch to him," Terry Collins said.
Collins opted instead to let Addison Reed pitch to Trout, who lofted a sacrifice fly. The Mets held on for a 7-5 victory.
Back in 1998, Buck Showalter, then with the Arizona Diamondbacks, famously ordered an intentional walk of Barry Bonds with the bases loaded and Arizona clinging to a two-run lead.
"Those are the kind of situations where you look back at the time when Buck Showalter walked Bonds with the bases loaded rather than pitch to him," Collins said. "It was the same feeling -- 'I might want to walk, pitch around this guy, [rather] than give him a chance to hit.' But fortunately [Reed] made some good pitches."