No, what made this loss more vexing was Buntapalooza, a squaring-up spree that sprouted up in extras and absolutely killed the Reds’ would-be rallies.
There are good bunts and bad bunts in baseball. Arroyo bunting in the second, fourth and sixth to advance runners to second and third? Good bunts. The latter two, executed with one out, did not result in any runs, but the strategy was sound.
Bunting—or, at least, attempting to bunt—with Blazin’ Billy Hamilton at first base with no outs in the 14th? Well, let’s be kind and call it strange.
Bunting with the winning run at first and no outs and Brandon Phillips, who reached 100 RBIs earlier in the evening, at the plate in the 15th? Let’s be kind and call it… interesting.
Bunting—or, at least, attempting to bunt—later that inning with two outs and the winning run at third? Let’s be kind and… ah, forget it, I can’t say anything kind about that.
...My focus is what happened next. With runners at the corners and two outs, Heisey squared up. He squared up against a guy who throws 99 mph. With two outs. Heisey’s absolute best (and only) hope in that situation was to leg out a bunt single. Instead, he missed the bunt completely, and Choo was caught in the middle of the basepath and left for dead. He was tagged out to end the 15th, and Adams’ second shot in the 16th put this one to bed.
Heisey, Baker made it clear, was acting on his own.
“You’re not going to try and squeeze bunt with two outs,” Baker said. “He thought that the third baseman was back.”
Posted: September 05, 2013 at 07:53 AM | 83 comment(s)
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