Joe Maddon gave us one of the great head-scratching decisions of the postseason when he opted not to pitch Wade Davis during a tie game on Sunday and instead let John Lackey pitch in a critical situation, which backfired. Jon Lester started for the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS and went 4.2 innings, allowing one run. Carl Edwards Jr. went 1.1 scoreless innings and was followed by Pedro Strop, who also threw a scoreless frame. Then came Brian Duensing, who maintained the 1-1 score until the ninth. Duensing gave up a lead off walk in the 9th, allowed the runner to move to second on a sac bunt, and then he got a strikeout. Maddon then decided to bring in Lackey to face Chris Taylor with two outs and a runner on second in the 1-1 game. Lackey walked Taylor then gave up a walk-off shot to Justin Turner to end the game. After the game, Maddon was faced with questions about why he didn’t bring in Davis, the team’s closer. Maddon said Davis could only pitch one inning, and they were being selective about it.
Joe Maddon explains why he did not bring Wade Davis into Game 2
Larry Brown Sports | Oct 16