Our beloved Redlegs put an end to their dreaded 5-game losing skid Monday night with a 4-2 win over the Phillies. But there was a point in the game when it appeared as if the Reds might be heading toward a sixth consecutive loss.
That moment came in the top of the eighth inning when Bronson Arroyo ran into trouble. Up until that point, Arroyo had hurled a gem, essentially blanking the Phils over the first seven frames. However, that all changed when Chase Utley smacked a 2-run home run to tie the game at two a piece.
Luckily, the Reds answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-2 lead, but could this nerve-wracking situation have been avoided if Dusty Baker summoned closer Aroldis Chapman to face the left-handed hitting Utley?
ESPN's David Schoenfield seems to think so.
I will, however, call out Baker for leaving Arroyo in to face pinch-hitter Chase Utley with two outs and a man on. It's simple: You have one of the biggest we...