Why the sac bunt?
It was a 5-3 loss for the Reds on Monday vs. the Cardinals but a game loaded with chances early. The Reds put the leadoff guy on base in each of the first four innings and couldn’t score.
In the top of the first inning after a Billy Hamilton leadoff double, Brandon Phillips sacrificed to move him him to third base. Hamilton would be left stranded. Many wanted to know why the Reds bunted there. Here is manager Bryan Price’s explanation:
“We had Tony [Cingrani] going, who was coming off of a great first start. We’ve got [Michael] Wacha, who has had really nothing but success as a starter in the big leagues. So we don’t know if he’s on or if he’s not. We know they’ve been tough to score against. We wanted Brandon to move him. It didn’t have to be through the bunt. He could try to drive one through the right side. He wanted to make sure he got the job done and he pushed the ball over there to the right side and got the job done. I think it’s always nice to try to get on top, to try to get that first run. It didn’t work out for us but he’s a very good performer in that situation, a very effective bunter and good at moving guys over. And he did his job.”