LOOKING AT LOU
Looking at some of Lou Piniella’s moves in last night’s 3-2 loss…
Bob Brenly pointed out some great managing by Lou Piniella last night during the Cubs telecast. He mentioned how Fontenot was playing in and Lou waved him back and more toward the 2nd base bag. Sure enough, the hitter (I want to say Matsui) lined one right there and Fontenot made an easy play. That saved the game at that point.
One move I did not like in the least was Ryan Theriot running in the 8th. Soriano had just homered off Hawkins and then Theriot singled. D Lee fouled out and Bradley stepped to the plate. I totally wanted to see Bradley hit there — it’s why we signed him. So either Lou or Theriot decided to run there. Bad call.
Did they forget the Astros signed Pudge Rodriguez? That Theriot was only 22/35 on stolen base attempts last year? Not sure what it was. But even if Bradley walks or singles, Ramirez was next at-bat. I like Hawkins’ chances to implode there, but we did’t get to see it. Valverde came in the for the 9th and the Astros won it in the 10th.