Re: 4/3/13 Opening Night: Reds vs. Angels
One justification for Scioscia is the need for pitchers. He was on his fourth reliever in a tied game he wanted to take into extra-innings. Walk Joey, bring in the righty and he's on five, meaning he has one more plus his closer. He had basically Mark Lowe (R) who pitched two innings on Monday, Jerome Williams (R) who is the swingman/long man and Frieri, the closer. He really needed Downs to get that inning.
In the full context of the game/season, Scioscia's choice makes a bit more sense.