Re: Why does Dusty Baker refuse to make late inning defensive changes?
This used to come up with Dunn a few years back where he would get replaced in the 8th or 9th and then the pen would blow it. And the mgr at the time would get shredded for taking him out.
Gomes was coming up in the 8th and if Dickerson replaced Gomes then that would have given LA the option of bringing in Sherrill to neutralize Bruce and Dickerson in a row. If the top of the inning unfolds the way it did then it could have been problematic in the bottom half.
I'm not sure that Gomes actually turned that ball into a double. That ball was smoked. But I would have agreed if Dickerson came out for the 8th in LF. It would have made sense to me.