I didn’t watch today’s game, so I’m hoping there was some kind of real explanation for this that I’m missing. Here’s the 9th inning game log:
-O Dotel relieved T Hudson.
-M Olivo struck out looking.
-J Reed walked.
-J Reed to second on fielder’s indifference.
-J Lopez singled to center, J Reed scored.
-I Suzuki struck out swinging.
-R Winn walked, J Lopez to second.
–J Cabrera hit for E Martinez.–
J Cabrera grounded into fielder’s choice to shortstop, J Lopez out at third.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors
Oakland 7, Seattle 4
Was Edgar ill? Hurt? Saving a cat from being dropped off the roof?
Because if not, why would you ever pinch hit Jolbert Cabrera for Edgar Martinez? Much less when Edgar is playing in his 5th-to-last-ever home game, representing the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning.
Seriously, if this was a “strategy” move, I don’t have words for the stupidity of it. Someone tell me there were mitigating circumstances. Please.