Saturday, a key situation in the ninth inning reached Raul Chavez. Yesterday, it had to be Brandon Fahey, making his major league debut on little sleep.
Fahey batted with Nick Markakis on third and one out in the ninth. He struck out against left-hander Eddie Guardado.
Manager Sam Perlozzo felt like he had no other option than to let Fahey face Guardado, lefty vs. lefty. Kevin Millar and Javy Lopez were unavailable. It had to be Fahey, who collected two hits yesterday, Chavez or Luis Terrero. Would you have sent up a pinch hitter in that situation? Personally, I would have been tempted to use Terry Crowley. At least he has a track record. But all Perlozzo can do right now is play the hand that he's dealt. If Fahey had looked completely overmatched in his other at-bats, I would have called upon Terrero. But it was worth a shot.