This is the second game in recent memory that manager Dusty Baker refused to put his team in a place where it could succeed. Previously, he left Mike Lincoln in instead of bringing in Francisco Cordero. Yesterday, he refused to pinch-hit for Corey Patterson in the late innings with the chance to tie the game.
Good one, Dusty! Because what leads a team to success is not pinch-hitting for a guy with a pitcher’s batting average. The man-crush present between those two men is so thick, it chokes the throat. Oh, and makes the Reds lose.
Johnny Cueto did his best impersonation of Aaron Harang, pitching 7 innings and allowing just 2 runs. Keep it up, Cueto, but let’s watch that pitch count. 109 is edging into dangerous territory, and I’d like you to survive Baker’s disastrous tenure.