Top of the 8th, one out, tie game. Taveras singles and now represents the go-ahead run at first base.
Think about why he was acquired and paid millions of dollars to become the Reds leadoff hitter. Is there any particular facet of the game where he stands out among others? With the offense in such pitfalls right now, I cannot understand why he remained glued to first base. Dickerson saw at least three pitches before he lined that 2-strike fastball into left field. Willy should have been on second base before Dickerson's single, and even if he would have been stopped at third base, he would have scored on Votto's flyout in the next at bat.
Why pay for this guy if you're not going to run him there?
Even after Dickerson singled Taveras to second, there was still just one out. I know Votto is on fire and you don't want to take a runner out of scoring position, but I still think with his speed (and this, again, is the reason he was acquired) he should have tried to steal third. Votto's chances of driving him in from third base with one out are excellent, and while it's easy for me to say it now because of the flyout - I don't think that result would have been too difficult to predict.
But Willy stayed put at second base, too, and was left stranded.
I just want to know why. Why go out and add a speedster to the top of the order if you're not going to run him into scoring position.
To me, THAT is the series of plays that lost the game for the Reds. Not the error on the last play of the game.