Fans Respond to Trent Grisham’s Perplexing Bunt in Padres-Phillies Game

A two-run home run in the eighth inning by Phillies star Bryce Harper propelled Philadelphia to a 4-3 victory over the Padres on Sunday afternoon in Game 5 of the NLCS and into the World Series.

But before Philadelphia advanced to its first World Series since 2009, it had to go through a tense moment in the ninth inning.

Holding on to a one-run lead, Philadelphia reliever David Robertson struck out Will Myers to start the inning. But after walking Padres first baseman Brandon Drury and shortstop Ha-Seong Kim in back-to-back at-bats, San Diego had the tying run in scoring position and the go-ahead run at first base. .

The Phillies turned to outfielder Suarez in a pitching trade, and he came in to face Padres center fielder Trent Grisham. Instead of walking away, Grisham squared up to bunt the first pitch he saw, and his attempt to drag the bunt up the first base line was unsuccessful.

Instead, Suarez struck out Grisham at first, though his sacrifice moved runners to second and third base with two outs. Suarez forced an Austin Nola fly ball to center field to end the game, and Padres fans were upset by the bunt decision that sacrificed an out in a key situation when it wasn’t necessarily warranted.

After the game, Padres manager Bob Melvin explained Grisham’s decision to tag.

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“Yeah, the grass is wet, hard southpaw on the mound,” Melvin said.

“I talked to him beforehand, if the first baseman was back, drag him over there to give the right-hander behind him a chance to score the go-ahead run as well. I think it’s a decent move, no doubt. This is what we thought was best for him. He’s a good pitcher and he gave us a chance to score the go-ahead run.”

As for baseball fans on the Internet, they disagreed with Melvin.

Here are some of the best reactions to the baffling decision.

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