Pirates 7, Cubs 1: You make the call

Could the Cubs have turned this game around with some different moves?

Here’s the situation.

The Cubs are trailing the Pirates 1-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. Addison Russell leads off the inning with a single, the tying run on base.

Chris Gimenez is the next hitter. He’s a double-play candidate. Would you have had him bunt?

I might have — especially with the third baseman playing back — but Joe Maddon didn’t. And Gimenez hit what could have been a double-play ball, but Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer booted it.

Well, now you have two men on base, and the tying run in scoring position.

Kyle Hendricks is the next due hitter. He hasn’t had his best stuff, but has managed to get through five innings down just 1-0 on 86 pitches. He probably could have thrown another inning.

Would you have had Hendricks bunt the runners over and save Tommy La Stella for a later pinch-hitting situation? I think I would have, and let Hendricks at least start the sixth.

Instead, TLS batted for Hendricks. He’s been an excellent pinch-hitter this year, but not this time. He hit into a double play, with Russell taking third, but …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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