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Angels manager Ron Washington criticizes Luis Guillorme’s botched squeeze bunt: ‘He didn’t do his job.’

A botched squeeze play by the Los Angeles Angels during their 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night left manager Ron Washington enraged afterward.

Luis Guillorme came to bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Angels trailed by a run. His instructions were simple to Cardinals reliever JoJo Romero: pinch bunt, draw.

But Guillorme, who was only acquired by the Angels from the Atlanta Braves last week, couldn’t get the job done. With Zach Neto moving from third base, a 1-1 slider was missed by Guillorme. Neto was tagged out and Kyren Paris safely stole third base.

Four pitches later, Guillorme struck out to end the inning, as well as the Angels’ chances to tie the game or take the lead.

Washington explained later why he called for the squeeze bunt in that situation.

“Lefty on lefty, and with a sinkerballer on a lefty, I didn’t want him to hit into a double play,” Washington said. “He can handle the bat. He didn’t do the work. It wasn’t anything I did wrong. He didn’t do his job.”

When asked by a reporter whether Romero’s wildness made the call more difficult, Washington disputed that and again blamed Guillorme.

“Wild? He threw it in the strike zone,” Washington said. “Why are you making excuses? He threw the ball in the strike zone. [Guillorme] couldn’t get the bunt down. Period of time.”

The reporter’s point was not incorrect. Romero had issued two walks – including one on a pitch clock violation – to load the bases just before Guillorme came to the plate. And of his 27 throws before Guillorme’s bunt attempt, only 12 were for hits.

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When asked about his manager’s comments, Guillmore said he didn’t see what Washington was saying.

“[Romero] made a good throw,” Guillorme said. ‘I couldn’t get the hang of it. I have to try to put a bat on it. That is it.”

The loss dropped the Angels to 15-28, and they remain last in the AL West. They have lost five of their last six games and have won just two in a row this season.

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