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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Walk haunts in 7-0 loss

When Jerry Narron had Bronson Arroyo intentionally walked Daryle Ward to get to Alfonso Soriano, I thought of an old Tom Lasorda line. Someone asked Lasorda why he walked Joe Morgan, who was struggling, to get to some other Red who was hot.

"I don't look at their average," Tommy said. "I look at their salary."

Narron's strategy didn't work out -- not because of Soriano's bat, because of legs. Soriano grounded one to the left side. Shortstop Juan Castro fielded the ball, but Soriano beat the throw. A run scored on the play. The big thing was it prolonged the inning, leading to four more runs, giving the Cubs a 7-0 lead. That's how the game ended.

Ward was 3-for-13 against Arroyo; Soriano was 3-for-22.

Arroyo agreed totally with the move.

“I wanted to walk Ward,” Arroyo said. “I haven’t seen Ward that much in my whole career. I know he’s really quick inside. There’s no reason for me to face a guy from the left side fresh off the bench who I don’t know a ton about. When I’ve got a guy like Soriano who I’ve totally manhandled my whole career.

“I thought it was a good move. I got the ball I wanted from Soriano. He hit it in pretty good spot. Castro couldn’t quite make the play.”


at 3:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely horrible move. Let's walk their worst hitter to get to thear best. Yeh, that's smart. Jerry Narron is a dope.

at 4:12 PM Blogger Gene in WV said...

Sounds like Narron got exactly what he wanted-ground ball.

The operation was a success, the patient died. Who would not take a ground ball to Juan Castro?

The operation was a success, the patient died. Stuff happens. Just move on.

at 4:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Narron got just what he wanted.

Who would not take a ground ball to Juan Castro in that situation?

Operation was a success, the patient died. Stuff happens. Just move on.

at 12:12 AM Blogger Pat said...

Hey, isn't today Pete's birthday? Happy Birthday Pete!

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