However, after getting Contreras to hit on a weak fly ball (not deep enough to score), Russell to strike out, he was left to face David Ross. Now, here is where Maddon makes his mistake. David Ross, for all the nice work he does as a catcher, can simply not hit. The much better option would have been Jorge Soler.
The fact of the matter is that Maddon stuck with Ross in a high leverage situation (3.29) and all he did was strikeout. It hurt their WPA by -.083.