A strange thing happened at the Dodger game the other day

I’m talking about the August 27th game between the Dodgers and the Rockies.

I was listening to the game in my car and there was a managerial decision that has been bugging me because it made no sense to me.

In this critical game, the Dodgers had a 3-2 lead in the 9th. Torre had already brought in Jonathan Broxton to escape an 8th inning jam. Broxton was in the #5 hole because of a previous double switch.
In the top of the 9th, Franklin Morales was pitching for Colorado. He had thrown a 1-2-3 8th inning and got the first two out in the 9th when Andre Ethier reached on an error. 
Manny Ramirez was up next followed by Broxton.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy walked Ramirez. A no brainer. Who would you rather face in Coors Field? A Hall of Famer or a reliever with 4 career plate appearances?
So Ramirez is put on… and remember Morales has pitched well thus far… and should have been out of the inning because of the error… and now is pitching against a reliever.
And Jim Tracy makes a pitching change.
And more than that… a double switch.
He removed Brad Hawpe from the lineup, brought in Ryan Spilborghs to play the outfield and put Rafael Betancourt on the hill.
Am I missing something?
I checked the Rockies websites, and Morales wasn’t injured.
Why the heck did Jim Tracy not trust Morales against a reliever who has only 3 more plate appearances than Eddie Gaedel
Did Morales plead his case?
“Skip! This guy is 0-4 lifetime and doesn’t participate in batting practice. I have a plan on how to get him out!”
“What is it?”
“I am going to throw the ball towards the plate and he won’t hit it.”
He had no problem having him throw to Andre Ethier but was there a scouting report saying “Broxton kills Morales. He takes him deep!”
Maybe he thought Broxton was due.

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A Polo Mallet To The Crotch

This was the game of the year.

And by the way my Facebook page exploded with comments, you’d think the Giants/Rockies 14 inning marathon was the most watched TV program since the last M*A*S*H.

The Giants needed this win in the worst way… and it would end in the worst way.

Here’s how bad that bottom of the 14th was:

The walk off Grand Slam wasn’t the worst part!

Dexter Fowler fouled a ball off of his leg leading off in the inning with the Giants up 3.
He was on the ground. It looked like they would have to amputate his leg.

But Fowler limped back to the plate. Now he could barely stand and I am guessing couldn’t get much power in his swing.

And if he hit it on the ground, Fowler wouldn’t have been able to beat out a hit to the outfield.

So what does pitcher Brandon Medders do? He walks him!

What harm could he have caused if you threw it right down the heart of the plate?

Next thing you know the bases are loaded, Justin Miller is pitching and he is treating the strike zone the same way I am treating this G.I. Joe movie… total avoidance.

And Miller does the unthinkable and the thing that is more head scratching than a walk off grand slam: He walked the pitcher with the bases loaded.

That’s right, Jim Tracy let the pitcher hit in the 14th inning because he ran out of players… and Justin Miller decided to nibble.

After that, the end of the game was a formality. Even though the Giants still had the lead, it felt like it was over. And then Merkin (some of you sick bastards know why that first name is funny) Valdez coughed up the walk off to Ryan Spilborghs and suddenly the Giants, who were on the verge of being only 2 out of a playoff spot, are sitting 4 back.

All because their relief staff wouldn’t throw a strike to a one legged man and a reliever.

So in review… the Giants scored 11 runs on Saturday and lost… had Lincecum pitch with a lead in the 8th on Sunday and lost and had a 3 run lead in the 14th inning tonight and lost.

That’s not going to get it done.

Don’t think I am going out on a limb there.

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