Alright here's the scenario.
It's the top of the 9th, Cards and Diamondbacks are tied 1-1. Vargas and Marquis are pitching awesome. So first guy up is John Mabry. He crushes a single into left. So it's 1 on 0 out. Next batter is Nunez, and he sacrifices to the catcher to advance Mabry to 2nd. After Nunez it was Luna and he grounded out to 2nd advancing Mabry to 3rd.
Heres where it gets interesting. It's Marquis' spot in the order right now and he's got bench hitters that can PH for Marquis. Nope, LaRussa keeps Marquis to bat. Guess what, he struck out. He leaves Mabry stranded on 3rd where they could have scored and stole a game from Arizona on the road.
So we think that Marquis is gonna go for the 9th inning to pitch. Wrong again, he puts Ray King on the mound, leadoff hitter is Luis Gonzalez..and he kills a 2-2 pitch into right.
Now, what do you think of this decision? I think it's odd, but i'm not going to judge LaRussa's managerial skills because he's one of the best in the game.
So guys, tell me what you think?