They’ve done their homework and they’ve done their job to come up with the best scenario in that situation,” Scherzer said. “I understand it. And when they made the decision, I was behind it as well.”
Cubs manager Joe Maddon swapped out Schwarber with righty-hitting Albert Almora Jr., who had already notched 10 RBIs in pinch-hit situations. When he jumped on a Solis changeup and singled to center Cheap Custom Jerseys field to tie the game, Baker already knew there might be some explaining to do.
Baker’s other tough pitching call an inning later only doubled his workload. With a Cubs runner at second and two outs, the Nats could have walked dangerous left-handed bat Anthony Rizzo and gone after the next hitter, young catcher Willson Contreras.
Baker decided to pull Brandon Kintzler in favor of lefty Oliver Perez Cheap Echl Jerseys and pitch to Rizzo, who promptly blooped a single into left-center to drive in the go-ahead run. Rizzo, upset by the decision to pitch to him in that situation, added insult to injury by screaming, “Respect me! Respect me!” after the ball fell in.
Reminded of that moment, Baker scratched his chin. “I’d have screamed, too,” he said.
You can keep asking us every day, but it’s not going to change what’s going to happen. We’re going to get it together. We’re all professionals. It’s something obviously we want to see work and make it happen and win a championship, so it’s going to be a process. So asking every day is not going to change that.”