When little ball “works”, (ie.a team scores its one run)., we hear about it endlessly. When little ball fails, as it did in the 8th inning we don’t hear a peep, about how costly playing for one run is.
In the 8th inning LaRue gets a double, Cruz gets on 1st, and then one of the best hitters on the team “sacrifices” himself for the good of the team advancing the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Were the extra bases worth giving up the first out of the inning, when he is followed in the linuep by a guy that makes an out 71% of the time, and a guy that makes an out 62% of the time? If you were in Vegas how much money would you put on something that succeeds 29% of the time? 38%?
UPDATE: (from Chad) But we won! All that will be ignored, as long as the Reds win. Even if the Reds win in spite of small ball, or in spite of Adam Dunn hitting seventh.