...but it's really just a question.
Can someone explain to me why Bill Hall was inserted as part of a double-switch when Coffey had just given up the go-ahead run?
I understand that the Rockies had a bunch of lefties coming up, and K-Mach wanted to keep Stetter in the game through the eighth inning. Which is fine and all, except for these issues:
(1) We were no longer protecting a lead, so putting in Hall for defensive purposes doesn't make a lot of sense.
(2) Double-switching with Hall gave us a seventh inning line-up of: Hart, Kendall, Hall. If ever a batting order had "three up, three down" written all over it, it's that one.
(3) Compounding that last problem: putting in Hall for Gamel took our only other left-handed bat out of the line-up. Knowing that Gerut or Catalanotto wouldn't be hitting the seventh, the Rockies didn't have to think twice about putting in that sidearming son of bitch and letting him work the whole frame.
(4) Our last hope in the bottom of the ninth became Frank Catalanotto instead of Gamel. I know the kid probably wouldn't have done anything, but, trailing by one and down to our last out, I'd rather see Gamel than the Catman.
Maybe I'm wrong -- and, if I am, I'm sure the rest of y'all will tell me -- but, to me, that extra inning of Stetter doesn't outweigh these other problems.
(And, finally: no, SBTG and Va Jay Jay, I am not calling for Macha's head. I just didn't understand this particular move.)