Ron Washington Unhappy With Jo Adell for 'Embarrassing' Base Running Blunder That Cost Angels

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Jo Adell made a major blunder during the Los Angeles Angels' 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday. With the Angels trailing by two during the eighth inning, Adell took off to steal a base. He easily reached second base, but ran past the bag, giving the Rays enough time to get him out before he could return. This was the final out of the inning, preventing the Angels from having a chance at coming back with a runner on and the tying run at the plate. They would be unable to score again during the ninth inning, sealing the loss.

Angels manager Ron Washington was highly critical of the move after the game, calling the gaffe 'embarrassing.'

"I don't care what kind of jump you got, you gotta get that bag. Simply because of the situation of the game,” Washington said, via Bally Sports West. "Hopefully, that will never happen again because when you actually look at it, it was embarrassing to all of us."

This easily blown opportunity was one of the costly moments for the Angels on Wednesday as they lost their sixth game of the season and fell to 6-6 overall. They've now lost four of their last six games.

Along with Adell's mistake, Washington was critical of several other aspects of the game. He slammed the umpire after the game, saying his calls toward the end of the game seemed to indicate the umpire had a flight to catch or somewhere to be.

It's unlikely Washington will be pleased with his team's performance until they get back in the win column. After finishing their home series against the Rays with those back-to-back losses, the Angels head back on the road where they will face the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

Eva Geitheim


Eva graduated from UCLA in 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Communication. She has been covering college and professional sports since 2022.