We don't need no education. But you know who might? Whomever made this game-hinging call:
With the Dodgers up 3-2 going to the bottom of the ninth, following a brave five-inning start by the newly reactivated Ted Lilly, not to mention a (video review) HR and three runs off the bat of struggling Matt Kemp, Brandon League has two out and a runner on third with David Wright up and John Buck, lifetime .236 batter, on deck. League gets the call from his manager to attack Wright, who promptly knocks the first pitch into right for a game-tying single. Buck didn't even finish his ninth-inning AB since Wright was thrown out at second base.
Post-game radio interviews confirmed that League was told--by someone who will remain anonymous but whose name rhymes with "gone battingly"--to "go after" Wright, who "has a tendency to be aggressive." Unfortunately, Wright also has a tendency to be a good hitter (he's batting .309 this year). And League has a tendency to serve up meatballs like the grooved fastball to Wright.
Josh Wall struggled in his 0.1 IP in the tenth, yielding a single, a walk, a sac bunt, and an IBB before giving up the grand slam to Jordany Valdespin. Look, if you're going to get beaten, maybe getting beaten by Valdespin isn't so bad. But Wright? What a bizarre call.
Mattingly also made the point not to call for Matt Guerrier or Paco Rodriguez tonight, supposedly given their recent workload and the day game tomorrow. Wall was on his own tonight, which ended up "for worse" rather than "for better." Let's see if this bullpen gamble pays off tomorrow with a series-taking win.