Originally Posted by Kc61
That was an intentional walk. To face the pitcher. To whom Homer served it up on a tee.
Reds tablesetters with two quick outs, so the perfecto continues for Harvey.
Baserunners are baserunners. Anybody with a bat in his hand can do damage. Protecting a late lead where you have do everything to avoid a run scoring, I'd do that. Early in the game though, why add a baserunner?
What are the odds that that Shoppach drives in a run there? He's a career .204/.290/.365 hitter vR. Yeah, he'll take a walk and he's got some power. But the most likely outcome of the PA is an out and the next most likely outcomes are ones that don't involve an RBI.
Yeah, Homer made a really bad pitch. That's totally on him. But the extra run is on Dusty.
Hopefully the bats come alive soon and it won't matter.