Team’s humiliating stumble into MLB record book
A defensive meltdown by the Los Angeles Angels ties the mark for the most errors on one play.
The Los Angeles Angels suffered a defensive meltdown of epic proportions on Sunday afternoon. During one first inning sequence against the Detroit Tigers, they committed not one, not two, but three errors consecutively, allowing base runner Ian Kinsler to score from first base.
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Here’s how it all went down, beginning with the fact that the entire thing could have been avoided had Angels catcher Hank Conger realized home plate umpire Brian Knight called ball four on Miguel Cabrera. Kinsler was moving from first base on the 3-2 pitch to avoid a potential double play, but that was all moot once Cabrera walked. Still, Conger went ahead with the throw and watched it sail into center field for the first physical error and an unofficial mental error.
With Kinsler moving to third, the second error occurred on a wild throw from center fielder Mike Trout, who was backing up second base. At this point Kinsler rounded third and attempted to score, which sets up the third error by pitcher Héctor Santiago. Santiago’s throw home eluded Conger, the man who started the whole mess, allowing Kinsler to score and Cabrera to move up to second.