I’ve heard from and read quite a bit from people who had opinions on the bunt to end the no-hitter in the seventh inning last night. I’m curious what you all think about it.
It is one thing to do it in a blow out.
It is another thing to do it in a 2 run game.
The score was 2-0. His job is to hit the ball and get on base. The pitcher and defense has a job to stop that.
He did his job better than we did our job.
That’s really it in a nutshell.
I agree. In college baseball a 2 run lead isn’t much of anything. I don’t have a problem with it. They were just trying to get base runners. Now, had it been 12-0 at the time? Different opinion.
The main issue about this started in major league baseball. I’m told that in a low-scoring game, there is nothing wrong with it. That’s Baseball 101. I played the game much of my early life, covered minor league baseball at the Double A level. There is no one who would question it in a low-scoring game. If the game was at a different score, you’d hear a different vibe. Not in this case.
Even in the ninth inning, a two-run game is not a real issue with a bunt hit in a no-hitter. It brings the tying run to the plate. I think most understand that.
The night before I thought more of an Arkansas player running in the late innings in a nine-run game with the first baseman not holding him on base. The pitch was low and in the dirt, scooted away from the catcher and the player took second without a throw. He would not have advanced had the first baseman been holding him so that the runner didn’t have a big jump. I thought that was rubbing it in as much as the bunt in a two-run game with a no-hitter working. So take your pick on what should be done in baseball.
I have absolutely no problem with it. Memphis still had a very good chance to win the game & they needed base runners. I hate that we didn’t make the throw in time (if indeed we didn’t), but it was a well-placed bunt that worked. If the shoe had been on the other foot, I’d have been upset if DVH had refused to go all out for the win just to protect the opposing pitcher’s NH.