TORONTO – Angels closer Bud Norris gave up a walk-off grand slam to Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce in the bottom of the ninth inning, squandering a six-run lead and cementing an 11-10 loss to Toronto on Sunday afternoon at a sold-out Rogers Centre.
For Norris, it was the second time in a week that someone hit a grand slam to win a game against his pitching.Cleveland Indians first baseman did it on Tuesday in the 11th inning of a tie game.
“Can’t sum it up yet,” Norris said when asked how difficult this week has been for him. “It’s humbling. It’s something to really learn from. A lot’s been going on in my head and everything else, but in the heat of the moment, I have to stay focused on what I can control, and that’s one pitch at a time. I made some really good pitches, I made some bad pitches, and the one I didn’t make tonight really got punished.”