Thursday, June 30, 2005

It's Called A Bunt!!

For two years I have been harping about Yost and his seeming inability to call for a sac bunt. Finally, he has started calling for it. Sadly, the Brewers players are totally unable to come through.

I finally get why he was so hesitant to move runners over, no one on the team can bunt!

Square around, face the pitcher, direct your bat to the left or the right and deaden the ball 20 or 30 feet away from the plate. That's what we call a bunt...For some reason, that basic skill has eluded the Milwaukee Brewers too often this season, and it played a role in another close defeat Wednesday to the Chicago Cubs. Todd Hollandsworth decided the issue with a one-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cubs a 3-2 victory at Wrigley Field.

"You have to get bunts down and you have to get big hits," manager Ned Yost said after his club its third consecutive game. "We didn't do it."

Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets failed to get down a sacrifice bunt in the third inning against Kerry Wood, rendering Clark's two-out single meaningless. The one that really hurt came in the ninth, when Geoff Jenkins led off with a walk, only to have rookie J.J. Hardy foul off three consecutive bunt attempts against reliever Roberto Novoa.