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 really depends upon who my pitcher is. If I have Greg Maddux on the mound, a guy with great control, I'd walk the first hitter to set up the force at any base. If I have Homer Bailey pitching, I leave first base open; Homer may strike the first hitter out, but if I walk that guy intentionally it puts a lot of pressure on Homer to then not walk the next guy.
Oh, if I have Eric Milton pitching, I leave the dugout and go ahead and shower; the game's over anyway.