Manuel Margot says attempted robbery was his decision


Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Manuel Margot told reporters after Sunday’s loss in Game 5 that his attempt at home steal in the fourth inning was his decision.“It was 100% my decision,” Margot said through an interpreter. “I thought it was a good idea at the time. I had a good chance of being safe.

“From the first pitch to [Kevin Kiermaier], I knew they weren’t paying too much attention to me, so I thought I had a chance. Obviously, it didn’t work that way. ”

Kiermaier, a left-handed hitter, faced Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw with two outs and two runners. Sensing an opportunity with Kershaw not paying attention to Margot at third base, the quick outfielder took off to home plate and slid face-to-face. While Margot was called up and Tampa Bay opted not to contest, the 26-year-old felt he may have beaten wide receiver Austin Barnes’ tag.

“I thought I was really close,” Margot told reporters. “I really didn’t know where they hit me. They did not dispute. ”

A successful steal would have equalized the game 3-3. Instead, it resulted in the third outing of the round. The Rays failed to score again en route to a 4-2 loss and a 3-2 series deficit.

“It was a brave move and it didn’t work that time. Manny is a great baseman. He is not afraid to take risks. I didn’t have a problem with that, ”Kiermaier said after the game.

Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters he also didn’t have a problem with the move because he was confident in Margot’s base run.

According to ESPN, the last time a player attempted a direct plate heist in a World Series game was 1982. The last successful house robbery was Jackie Robinson in 1955.

Game six is ​​Tuesday night from Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Tony Gonsolin is set to start in Los Angeles while the Rays counter with 2018 Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell.


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