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I don’t get it.

August 17, 2014

Let’s put aside one of my pet peeves (why save your best reliever for the 9th?). Reds are playing the Rox at Coors in the first of a twin bill, up 7-5 to start the 9th. Reds get Aroldis Chapman up in the pen.

Rex (Oh) Brothers comes in for the Rox, works slowly and wildly, and two runs and about 30 pitches later, it’s 9-5 Reds in the middle of the 9th.

In comes Chapman… why?

As is so often the case with closers suddenly in non-save situations, Chapman’s head wasn’t in it and he walked the first two guys he faced and went 2-0 on the next before they called out the trainer. Chapman was “fine” and ended up walking the third batter. Then he walked in the run. 9-6. Out came dumbass Reds’ manager Dusty Baker Bryan Price with his hand in his belt–that’s where the hook is.

Let’s say, just for fun, you can’t save Chapman for Game 2 after he warmed up once (why not?). By burning him with a four-run lead, and watching him hoist 28 pitches, now you probably can’t use him in St. Louis tomorrow either–a divisional game against a team you’re chasing in the last quarter of the season. 

That’s as stupid as a soup sandwich.

How does it end? JJ Hoover was called in to nail it down and after a long sac fly to make it 9-7 and a line-fly out, ex-Red Drew Stubbs cranked a 3-run home run to walk it off 10-9 for the Rox.

Extra Bags, Dutch Boy’s Soup Sandwich Edition: Rather than run out Charlie Blackmon who was set for this double-dip and is the most productive player on his roster, Dutch Boy opted to sit Blackmon in favour of Chris Johnson and Kurt Suzuki. Blackmon, .350 lifetime vs. the Reds, jacked early in Game 1 of course, which would have guaranteed our last-placed team a split against me in the HR category. Chris Johnson goes on SNB to try to save Dutch Boy’s blushes; Suzuki was a limp 0/4. 

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