Originally Posted by oneupper
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.
If I am prioritizing between getting out of the 9th tied or worrying who is going to pitch the 14th inning, well then walk Votto and bring on the righthander. If you don't get through the 9th then there is no 14th to worry about. Votto does not get to hit in that situation. That is how I look at it.