Originally Posted by voodoochile
That's not a horrible risk to take though. The odds of Flowers getting injured to the point he cannot continue are pretty small and at that point in time they'd still be able to use Nieto to catch, just have to bat pitchers. With a 2-run lead in the 9th an insurance run would have been worth that risk, IMO.
Nieto might well have scored on that fly ball by Flowers which requred an awkward catch and throw to get the out at the plate. The throw was bad and a faster runner would have been sent. Dunn probably would have scored with that throw actually, but hindsight is 20/20.
In that situation, no one out and a two-run lead in the ninth, Nieto wouldn't have been sent.
And I don't know that any major league manager would have used a backup catcher to pinch run in that situation. In the National League, where pitchers are asked to do more offensively, you see starting pitchers used as pinch runners before backup catchers.
But it's a very small point. If not putting Nieto in to run for Dunn in the ninth inning with a two-run lead in the ninth is your criticism of Ventura from Saturday's win, you are nitpicking.