Before some of you go nuts on me, I have to state that I am not "tanking" on the season, know that there are MANY more games to play, and that the BUCs are a really good team that should contend till the end of the season. But, having said that, I am compelled to question the strategy used by Clint Hurdle last night.
In the 8th inning, the BUCs had a real opportunity to get back into the game. There was only one out, and the Reds brought in a right hander. With two on, Hurdle was thinking: One swing can tie the game. He had Presley and G, Sanchez on the bench. Presley, a LH hitter against the right handed pitcher would be a good pct. choice. Plus, Presley does have some pop and could get the extra base hit or even the HR. But, most important, and I said this when Sanchez came to bat, he was less of a double-play potential. I called it BEFORE Sanchez hit into the DP.
If there were two out, then I understand the "one swing" to tie. But with one out, the lefty/righty situation and the double play threat SCREAMED for Presley to hit at that point.