Former Cincinnati Reds closer Raisel Iglesias had a case of the “yips” during last night’s game. The newly cemented Los Angeles Angels closer nearly cost his team the game during the ninth inning, but Jared Marsh’s walk-off home run pulled Iggy’s keister out of the fire.
Reds fans vented their frustrations over the winter following thee front office’s decision to ship Iglesias to the Angels in exchange for reliever Noe Ramirez. Fans, correctly, saw the move as a salary dump. But let’s not forget that Iglesias was far from a reliable reliever over the last couple seasons.
Former Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias nearly cost the Angels the game.
On the arm and bat of Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels had staked a 4-3 lead heading into the ninth inning versus the Chicago White Sox. Raisel Iglesias actually entered the game in the eighth inning with a runner on first and one out.
Iggy promptly struck out Luis Robert on three straight pitches and induced a fly ball out of former Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton to bring the inning to a close. Iglesias returned to finish the game in the top of the ninth inning, and that’s when things got interesting.
Iglesias hit leadoff batter Nick Madrigal with his fifth pitch of the at-bat, sending the White Sox second baseman to first base. Madrigal would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Leury Garcia. Adam Eaton then stepped into the batter’s box and what happened next was pure insanity.
On a 2-2 count, Iglesias delivered a changeup which Eaton hit right up the middle. Iglesias cleaning fielded the ball and air-mailed the ball past third baseman Anthony Rendon allowing Madrigal to score all the way from second base.
Iglesias was able to survive. Following a strikeout of Jose Abreu, Iglesias allowed walk to Yoan Moncada, but finally secured the final out of the inning when Yermin Mercedes flied out to center field to cut the rally short.
With two runners on and one out in the bottom the inning, Jared Walsh stepped up to the dish and delivered a walk-off home run to center field that measured 395 feet and 103.3-MPH off the bat according to Baseball Savant. The Angels prevailed 7-4.
Cincinnati Reds fans know all too well how quickly things can change once Raisel Iglesias enters the ballgame. While his production was improved in 2020, the right-hander still holds the record among relievers for the most losses (12) in the team history.