Third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez took full responsibility for the base-running blunder Tuesday that prevented the Royals from scoring the tying run in the ninth inning.
The Indians led 4-3 when Rodriguez held up David Lough, who was well around third, on a one-out single by Alcides Escobar to right field. The play resulted in an out and proved pivotal in the one-run loss.
“David should have been sent,” Rodriguez said. “I take the fault. I’ve been aggressive all year, but I wasn’t in that opportunity. You look at it. We would have won the game, and we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”
Lough would likely have scored standing up because the throw by Indians right fielder Drew Stubbs was well off-line.
“That was Eddie’s mistake,” manager Ned Yost said. “It wasn’t David Lough’s mistake. We all make mistakes in this game. Eddie has made very, very few of them. He’s made a ton of great calls.”