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What were they thinking?
Tim Crothers
April 20, 1998
In an April 7 game at San Diego, Reds pitcher Pete Harnisch had cruised through eight shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out four, when he was lifted by manager Jack McKeon. Closer Jeff Shaw then squandered a 2-0 lead in the ninth before allowing the Padres to win the game, 3-2, in 10 innings. Why didn't McKeon let Harnisch go for the shutout? "I was actually tempted to pull Harnisch after seven because I wanted to get him out of there on a positive note," McKeon said. "We left him in for another inning, but I wasn't going to do it again in the ninth. He was nearly at 100 pitches [96], and we had Shaw, the best saves guy in the league last year, ready. I'd make the same call again right now."
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April 20, 1998

What Were They Thinking?

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In an April 7 game at San Diego, Reds pitcher Pete Harnisch had cruised through eight shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out four, when he was lifted by manager Jack McKeon. Closer Jeff Shaw then squandered a 2-0 lead in the ninth before allowing the Padres to win the game, 3-2, in 10 innings. Why didn't McKeon let Harnisch go for the shutout? "I was actually tempted to pull Harnisch after seven because I wanted to get him out of there on a positive note," McKeon said. "We left him in for another inning, but I wasn't going to do it again in the ninth. He was nearly at 100 pitches [96], and we had Shaw, the best saves guy in the league last year, ready. I'd make the same call again right now."

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