Originally Posted by MikeThierry
Completely agree OnBaseMachine. What I don't understand is why TLR pitched Motte in a non-save situation when he had 24 pitches the previous game.
Probably because Motte has given up only a few runs in the last half of the season, and Larussa wanted to give himself his best chance to win.
If Furcal doesn't get stone hands on that DP ball, that game would have been long over and no one would be questioning Larussa.
Srabble and Salas gave up 3 hits to the first 4 batters they faced. If
Larussa had brought in Salas to start the 9th and he had become unravelled (which he's doing more and more of recently), everyone would have wondered why he didn't nail down the game with the pitcher who's been filty lately.