ANAHEIM — Considering Magneuris Sierra had zero career homers in 249 career games in the Majors entering Saturday, interim manager Phil Nevin naturally thought about pinch-hitting for him with two outs in the ninth and the Angels trailing by two with two runners on base.
But after Sierra came through with two go-ahead hits in extra innings in a win over the A’s on Wednesday, Nevin decided to stick with him against Twins closer Jorge López. The decision paid off, as Sierra delivered a game-tying two-run triple, though he was thrown out at the plate while going for a game-winning inside-the-park homer. His aggressiveness, however, didn’t come back to haunt the Halos as Taylor Ward lifted a two-run blast to right field off Emilio Pagán to lead the Angels to a 5-3 walk-off win at Angel Stadium.
“It was a great moment,” Nevin said. “We thought Ward hit one last night, but this one he got a little more airborne. It was a matchup we liked. But Sierra’s hit in the ninth, I just remembered Wednesday and the two big hits he got. This was a moment he’s had before and bringing someone cold off the bench didn’t make sense to me. And then he delivered again, which was amazing.”
Sierra’s game-tying triple was the seventh game-tying triple in the ninth inning or later in Angels history and the first since Gil Flores against the Red Sox on May 16,…