Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where managers Lou Piniella and Dusty Baker took the seventh inning off while the game played on.
Game of the Day: Reds 5, Cubs 3
Perhaps it's because they have being employed by the Cubs in common (and it makes you do strange things), but there was bad managing in the seventh inning. In the bottom half, Piniella did not switch from starter Ryan Dempster(notes) to left-hander Sean Marshall(notes) against lefty slugger Joey Votto(notes). Marshall, who has been terrific out of the pen, might have muted some of Votto's power. We shall never know, as Votto hit a go-ahead three-run homer against Dempster.
Said Piniella: "If he'd told me he was tired, I would have taken him out. He was throwing the ball well. The guy hit it out of the ballpark. What are you going to do? The kid’s a pretty good hitter. It didn't work."
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