Though the Milwaukee Brewers came up short in last night’s game, falling to the Pirates 6-4 on a walk-off home run, it was one of the bigger nights of Craig Counsell’s managerial career. He made many moves that we are not used to seeing in the regular season, and were reminiscent of a postseason managerial style. Here are some of the decisions he made last night:
- Twenty-four players appeared in the game in some capacity. This included sixteen position players and eight pitchers. Only Domingo Santana, Ryan Braun, and Travis Shaw played the full game.
- Five bench players were used in the seventh inning alone. including four straight pinch hitters. Here are the switches (for reference, the two pitchers in that inning, Tyler Glasnow and A.J. Schugel, are both RHP.):
- Quintin Berry pinch ran for Jesus Aguilar
- Neil Walker pinch hit for Keon Broxton
- Eric Thames pinch hit for Orlando Arcia
- Eric Sogard pinch hit for Jared Hughes
- Stephen Vogt pinch hit for Hernan Perez
- Anthony Swarzak pitched for the third day in a row, as well as after a day in which he pitched two innings.
- Corey Knebel came out to pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning, with a runner at second base and two outs, and try to get four outs for the save. It was also his third game in a row.
It was definitely a busy night for Counsell. Some of his decisions worked well, while others did not. Looking at this game after the fact, how would you grade him? Did he impress you with his performance last night?
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How would you grade Craig Counsell’s managing last night?
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