Posted by asubaseballfan1230 on June 11, 11 at 18:54:23:
Don't get me wrong, I think Esmay has done a good job in his two years here. But, the decision today to pinch hit Workman for Aplin in that 7th inning was just awful. Workman hasn't done anything in a month. He had a good game against Long Beach St and Esmay has insisted on getting him in games since, but he has done nothing to continue deserving the playing time. And Garrido made Esmay look foolish by immediately bringing in his righty and offsetting the move to pinch hit for the lefty against a lefty.
On top of all that, Garciaparra says on TV that Aplin hits .304 against lefties. So why make that move in the first place? Not saying that move alone cost us the game, but it sure didn't help and it made no sense.
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