Managing Brilliantly

The Cubs are managing to win tight games, sometimes in creative ways.  And Lou simply outmanaged Phillies acting-manager, coach Jimy Williams (Phils skippper Charlie Manuel was tossed arguing a fair/foul home run call) by running up Felix Pie as a decoy pinch-hitter.  With the game on the line in the 8th, Piniella sent in struggling rookie Felix Pie to pinch bat (hard to call him a pinch-hitter) for catcher Henry Blanco.  This was a genius move to chase Tom Gordon and force the Phils to bring in another pitcher – JC Romero – to face Geovany Soto.  The move paid off big as Soto hit a check-swing single to tie the game.  Well done Lou, you out-classed ’em today.

Off Monday then back to the Friendly Confines Tuesday.  …I wonder how Dusty Baker’s return to Wrigley will be…?

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    April 13, 2008   Posted in: game strategy

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