In the seventh inning last night, after surrendering a 2-0 lead, Bud Black sent Tommy Medica to the plate. The bases were empty, and Medica was hitting for Jace Peterson. Medica struck out.
Medica is not a second baseman, so Black brought Alexi Amarista on to man the bag. With Nick Vincent having imploded, Dale Thayer entered the game at the same time to pitch.
Seems like a classic double switch scenario, right? Amarista hits ninth, Thayer seventh? Uh, no. Apparently Black trusts Amarista to field but to hit only if absolutely necessary. The change was ‘straight up’.
So what, right? Wrong. Black bought burning another bench bat in the eighth with this decision (Denorfia). #Norf bunted Rivera to third. This and other tactical decisions exhausted his bench. Because of that, in the eleventh Yasmani Grandal was the last hitter he had available. If the game had continued (and luckily, it didn’t) Black would have been forced to send a pitcher to the plate.
I don’t understand why one would burn 3 players making two lineup switches, but hey, That’s Baseball.
The NL is a double switch league because the pitcher hits. Black eschews the lineup change double switch though. He likes to troll the National League.