On Monday night in Miami, the
In the home half of the ninth, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, in attempting to double-switch reliever
Guillen argued that Matheny's "five" gesture was referring to the fifth spot in the batting order, which belonged to
The upshot was that the presumed occupier of the fifth spot in the batting order, first baseman Allen Craig, was forced to leave the game (backup catcher
As all this was unfolding, the suspicion on Twitter was that the rookie skipper Matheny, who, famously, had not managed at any level before taking over the reigning champs, had screwed up the double-switch -- the most complicated arrow in the NL manager's quiver. Subsequent events, though, revealed it to be Davidson's error.
After the game, FOXSports Midwest played on-field audio of Davidson's saying to Guillen during their discussion, "I f****ed up, Ozzie. He told me seven."
"He" would be Matheny, and "seven" would be Freese's position in batting order, where Matheny intended to double-switch Marte. "Inexplicable" would be a way to characterize Davidson's handling of the entire affair.
Anyhow, in the 10th, Marte, according to script, came up to bat in Craig's spot, and Matheny was forced to pinch-hit a pitcher,
The Cardinals wound up hanging on for an 8-7 victory, but Davidson's puzzling screw-up certainly could've altered the outcome.