Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
I hate the way Dusty handles Marshall. He's more than just a lefty specialist. I'd much rather prefer Marshall in the game over Sam LeCure. And it's bad enough that Miguel Cairo and Wilson Valdez are still on the roster, but to play them in the same game should be a crime. I'm thrilled to split the series, but man that was disappointing blowing that game.
Not only that, but batting Cairo and Valdez back-to-back didn't help either. We had a runner on 3rd (Ludwick or Bruce) with nobody out in the 6th and Cairo and Valdez do what they do (nothing). Then the much better hitter in Hanigan is intentionally walked to get to Cueto, who K's. Hanigan is one of the better Reds at making contact and, if say, he would have simply been inserted into the lineup between those two black holes, there's a very good possibility that the game never goes to extras. Reds win. 8 games up.