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Intentionally walking the #8 hitter with two outs?

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    In the third inning with two outs and a runner on 2nd base in yesterday's Giants game, the Giants intentionally walked Marlins #8 hitter Hayes (catcher). Why would they not pitch to him so that they could have the pitcher - instead of the lead off hitter - lead off the next inning?

    Top 3rd: Miami
    - O. Infante singled to shallow left
    - G. Stanton fouled out to first
    - G. Dobbs grounded out to second, O. Infante to second
    - B. Hayes intentionally walked
    - A. Sanchez grounded out to pitcher

    0 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
    Miami 2, San Francisco 0
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    They are not worried about what will happen next inning. They are trying to give themselves the best possible chance of getting out of this inning without allowing a run.

    Especially with the way the Giants have been hitting the ball , and with the ballpark they play in, one more run allowed (making it 3-0 Marlins) would make it much more difficult for them to come back to tie the game at some point.
    Last edited by GiambiJuice; 05-04-2012, 10:38 AM.
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