I'd say it's because a lefty was on the mound and Melvin wanted to get Quinton McCracken in the lineup. I'm not saying that's a wise move, but that's likely the reason. Ibanez pinch-hit later, and struck out against a lefty.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'