Justin Bour’s mental game is in a slump.
The Angels first baseman committed his second blunder in a week Friday night when he failed to run out an infield popup against the Mariners. The lapse in a tie game turned into an inning-ending double play.
LA wound up losing 5-3.
Bour accepted the blame afterward, telling reporters (per the Orange County Register’s Jeff Fletcher) his mistake was “embarrassing” and that there was “no excuse for it.” He vowed not to let it happen again.
Angels manager Brad Ausmus was similarly direct. “That’s the kind of thing you learn in little league,” he said, per Fletcher.
“It’ll never happen again,” Ausmus added, per Fletcher.
Bour had one boneheaded move on his ledger before Friday. He strayed off second base at Wrigley Field after sliding “safely” into the bag. He knew he had been tagged out by the Cubs’ Javier Baez. Umpire Marty Foster blew the call, and Bour likely would have been called out on review had the Cubs challenged the call.
Friday’s adventure will not help Bour keep his job with the Halos. He was signed as a free agent in the offseason to provide depth at first base and designated hitter, but he’s batting just .208 with a .654 OPS and Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is working his way back to the active roster.