How Dodgers faked out Choo

In the eighth inning of Thursday’s 5-2 Reds win, the Dodgers made a smart play to get an out on Shin-Soo Choo. On first base with a leadoff single, Choo was stealing second when Joey Votto lined up single to center field. Choo slid in feet-first and suddenly got up and broke back for first base and was tagged out when he realized he was fooled.

Dodgers second baseman Skip Schumaker explained the trickery to MLB.com’s Austin Laymance.

“You just watch the runner as he steals and you see if he looks in or not,” Schumaker said on Friday. “That usually tells the infielder if it’s a hit and run situation, or if it’s a straight steal. Last night I kind of had a feeling with Votto up that it wasn’t going to be a hit and run.

“If you cause enough chaos, people usually panic. They don’t know what the hell is going on. I think that’s what happened. He slid and didn’t know where the ball was. … I’ve been there before, where I panic. I’ve been on the other side of it and it’s not a fun feeling to have.”

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By John Fay
Cincinnati.com
“Extremely” quiet on the trade front
07/26/13 at 8:54pm by John Fay
LOS ANGELES — It continues to be quiet for the Reds on the trade front.
“Extremely,” general manager Walt Jocketty said.
Jocketty has his top assistants here — assistant general manager Bob Miller, scouting and player development director Bill Bavasi, special assistants Cam Bonifay and Jerry Walker.
But the non-waiver trade deadline less than a week away the Reds have nothing of substance brewing.
“I’ve talked to some clubs,” Jocketty said. “There doesn’t seem to be much going on.”
The Reds did not talk to the Chicago Cubs about Alfonso Soriano before he was dealt to the New York Yankees.
“I didn’t see it as a fit,” Jocketty said. “I don’t know how much salary the Cubs are paying, but it was more than we could take on.”
Jocketty said a right-handed bat is main focus, but the club is looking at any area to improve.

Choo leads MLB in outs made vs LHP. His .176 BA and .198 SLG against LHP is among the worst in MLB. In 2012.

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