Wash discusses pinch-hitting decisions

Wash discusses pinch-hitting decisions

Wash discusses pinch-hitting decisions
ST. LOUIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington had two situations in Game 6 when he had to decide if he wanted to pinch-hit for his pitcher. He talked about both before Game 7.

The first was in the fifth inning. The Rangers had runners at the corners with two outs when Washington sent David Murphy up to pinch-hit for Craig Gentry. Washington also had Yorvit Torrealba on deck as a possible pinch-hitter for starting pitcher Colby Lewis.

Washington said Torrealba was a decoy, hoping Cardinals right-hander Fernando Salas would pitch to Murphy. Instead, Murphy drew a walk. Lewis, who had a 4-3 lead, ended up batting and struck out with the bases loaded.

"I wasn't ready to take Colby out," Washington said. "Colby was throwing the ball well. I wasn't ready to take him out. We told Colby he was going to bat."

Washington did pinch-hit for Scott Feldman in the 11th. The Rangers had a runner on first and two outs, and Esteban German grounded out to end the inning. Mark Lowe took over and gave up a walk-off home run to David Freese.

"I was looking to send up a hitter who could [hit] one in the gap and get us a run," Washington said.