Originally Posted by Blue
I disagree 100% about it being the right decision. With no one out, it doesn't even take a hit to score the runner from second base. If there is a hit and its going to be close at all you don't send the runner home. No need for a speedy runner. You can go station to station and still score without getting a hit.
Of course you can't pin a loss on any one person or any one decision. But you can attribute parts of losses to individuals. This particular mistake is starting to add up. Then there are all the other mistakes.
You might pinch run for him every time, but it would be wrong EVERY TIME.
About Francona and Cox... bull.
You must not watch the reds very often.. they pretty much all suck at sacrifice anythings.. and the only way someone from second would score.. in 90% of the reds situations is a hit.. and a single would score patterson.. while dunn.... NO CHANCE.. If you do tie it then you have an immediate upgrade in the field too.. Everyones hatred for corey patterson completely blinds the fact that there are a few things he does good if not very well.. I.E. base running and defense.. at that point they wanted to win it.. I am sure dusty wanted to win it far before patterson would have come back up.. so him being the last at bat shouldnt have even been an issue.. the other thing.. Dunn batted .161 in the last month.. hardly a far cry better than patterson is right now... whats to say dunn wouldnt have struck out looking and then not even had a chance for a can o corn turning into an error?! c'mon people quit thinking everything dusty does is bad.. the man hasnt been MLB manager of the year for nothing..