Question of the Day, 8/28 …
Why was Torii Hunter trying to bunt [in the seventh]? — Alex P., Huntington Beach, Calif.
Hunter would make up for it later, knocking in the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth, but he had many Angels fans scratching their heads in the seventh. With one out, Mike Trout on second and his team trailing by one, Hunter tried to bunt for a hit, instead popping it up behind the plate for catcher Ryan Lavarnway to make a diving catch. Hunter has done a good job bunting for hits this year, but that did not look like the time to go for it.
Here’s how he explained his rationale postgame: “I had a plan. I saw the guys back deep. All I have to do is bunt, get a base hit, [Trout] goes over [to third base]. The best hitter in the game [Albert Pujols] was behind me. All he had to do was hit a fly ball and he did — but there was two outs. My plan didn’t work. But in baseball, as long as you have a plan, that’s all that matters. And if you don’t execute your plan, then at least you had one. I didn’t go up there without any plan. I had one.”