May 29 game chat

Curious to know what you all thought of Joe Torre’s decision last night to have Jonathan Broxton walk Carlos Gonzalez intentionally, with tying run Dexter Fowler on second base and two out in the bottom of the ninth, to face Ryan Spilborghs. I suppose it’s no more complicated than choosing to face a less dangerous hitter: Gonzalez’s OPS and batting average were about 75 points higher than Spilborghs’ – plus, it created a force out at all three bases. The risk was that it meant that the Rockies could win the game with a double – and that if Spilborghs walked, Todd Helton would be batting with the bases loaded.

I’m going to credit Joe Torre with the right decision here – though I don’t know that I would have done it, I think he might have had the right idea. What do you think?

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  • A memorial for Jose Lima was held in New York on Friday. Adry Torres covered it for ESPNNewYork.com (via Vin Scully Is My Homeboy).
  • James McDonald was placed on the AAA seven-day disabled list, as of Thursday, according to Christopher Jackson of the Albuquerque Baseball Examiner. McDonald was sent to Camelback Ranch for further evaluation.
  • Albuquerque activated Chin-Lung Hu from the disabled list, according to the Isotopes’ press notes, which mention that the team’s roster has made 12 transactions in the past 10 days.
  • Fernando Valenzuela has caught Ubaldomania, writes Jim Armstrong for the Denver Post.
  • Two former Dodgers were cut loose today: Paul Lo Duca released by the Rockies’ AAA team in Colorado Springs, Claudio Vargas designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers. (Vinny Rottino, by the way, now plays for AA Jacksonville.)
  • Update: Joe Torre said that they want to give John Ely an extra day of rest before his next start, which means that they are probably going to insert Charlie Haeger into the rotation Tuesday (too soon for Carlos Monasterios) and push Ely to Wednesday.
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