Major respect: Ryan Howard, coming into his two-on, nobody-out plate appearance in the 14th inning on Friday, was batting just .236 with runners in scoring position.That didn't matter one bit to Narron, who took the route he took in Howard's last two trips, walking the Phillies slugger intentionally.
"I don't care what it is," Narron said of Howard's average in the key spots. "All I know is when he steps in that box, he's in scoring position."
"It's a compliment, I guess, if the coach is looking at you like that, to where they're going to walk you to load the bases and put the winning run on," Howard said. "But the competitive spirit within wants to go out there and do something."
The walk to Howard loaded the bases for pitcher Aaron Fultz, who lined out. Aaron Rowand followed with a game-winning RBI single.
"You've got a pitcher hitting behind him," Narron said. "We were hoping for a strikeout and a double play and get out of it. Everybody in baseball knows what kind of hitter [Howard] is. He's one of the best RBI guys in baseball. I think it's a no-brainer."