The Reds had two runs in and the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, the deficit cut to 3-2, when Milton's spot in the batting order came up. Manager Jerry Narron didn't think about sending up a pinch-hitter, because he already had predicted the exact situation he found himself in.
"I told Bucky (Dent, the bench coach) before the inning started, 'This inning right here, Miltie's going to come up with a 3-2 game and the bases loaded and two outs and I'm going to let him hit,'" said Narron. "As well as he's pitching, we've got a lot of game left, we've got our lineup coming up at least once, probably more, and I have a lot of confidence in our other guys."
Looking back now, I can see his reasoning. I may not totally agree with it, and it ultimately didn't cost them the game, but at least there's an explanation to why he was thinking the way he was thinking.