Originally Posted by Boston Red
Interesting. This spoils the fun a bit, but here is what happened. The coach agreed with most of you. He intentionally walked the first hitter. The pitcher promptly walked in the winning run.
Obviously this does not mean that his decision was necessarily wrong, but this is definitely the scenario I'd have been most concerned about in the first place.
It was the right play and unfortunately it backfired for Louisville and now a lot of basketball fans who are new to baseball are ripping the coach. You walk the batter and trust your pitcher to get the force out. If you can't trust the pitcher in that situation you either replace him or you're screwed anyway because he is not good enough to get out of the inning.
Clearly the pitcher didn't handle the pressure well but hopefully this will be a learning experience that will help him later in the season when the games matter more.