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Sport Brewers' Lorenzo Cain just as confused as everyone about Joe Maddon's eighth-inning changes

02:35  14 june  2018
02:35  14 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Milwaukee Brewers ' Lorenzo Cain is out at second as Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez turns a double play on a ball hit by Christian Yelich during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 11, 2018, in Milwaukee. You could see what we're capable of doing," manager Joe Maddon said.

Milwaukee Brewers ' Lorenzo Cain is out at second as Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez turns a double play on a ball hit by Christian Yelich during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 11, 2018, in Milwaukee. You could see what we're capable of doing," manager Joe Maddon said.

Lorenzo Cain was as confused as everyone else when Joe Maddon removed reliever Steve Cishek in the eighth inning of the Cubs' matchup with the Brewers Tuesday.

a baseball player is getting ready to hit the ball: Lorenzo Cain © Getty Images Lorenzo Cain

He was thrilled for a moment, but once he realized what was going on, his happiness took a hit.

"I was kind of excited to face a lefty because I love facing lefties and it kind of broke my heart when I saw (Cishek) come into the ballgame," Cain told reporters Wednesday.

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Milwaukee Brewers ' Lorenzo Cain is out at second as Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez turns a double play on a ball hit by Christian Yelich during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 11, 2018, in Milwaukee. You could see what we're capable of doing," manager Joe Maddon said.

You could see what we're capable of doing," manager Joe Maddon said. Rizzo hit a fastball down Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader is taken out of the game during the eighth inning of a Milwaukee Brewers ' Lorenzo Cain is out at second as Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez turns a double

In the situation in question Maddon brought in the right-hander Cishek in relief in the eighth inning, but when Brewers manager Craig Counsell countered by pinch-hitting Eric Thames for Josh Hader, Maddon removed Cishek and brought in left-handed reliever Brian Duensing to face the left-handed hitting Thames.

However, Maddon didn't take out Cishek entirely. He actually put the reliever in left field which allowed him to be available to pitch once again after being removed. Duensing then struck out Thames and the weirdness for Cain began.

"I was actually confused on that because I did not see Cishek, Neshek, I don't know his name, I didn't know he went to left field," Cain told reporters. "I did not even see that at all."

Cishek then came back in to pitch for Duensing which actually resulted in even more shifting. Maddon this time moved Duensing to left and Cishek got Cain to ground out.

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Milwaukee Brewers ' Lorenzo Cain is out at second as Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez turns a double play on a ball hit by Christian Yelich during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 11, 2018, in Milwaukee. You could see what we're capable of doing," manager Joe Maddon said.

Milwaukee Brewers ' Lorenzo Cain is out at second as Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez turns a double play on a ball hit by Christian Yelich during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 11, 2018, in Milwaukee. You could see what we're capable of doing," manager Joe Maddon said.

Even nuttier, Maddon then brought Duensing back again, only this time he put Willson Contreras in left instead of Cishek. Duensing then forced Christian Yelich to fly out to left field to end the inning.

In the end, the moves didn't help the Cubs in the final score as Milwaukee won 1-0, but it certainly confused Cain and gave the Cubs a scoreless inning, so the moves did their job.

Though it does not appear Cain is in favor of the Brewers trying the same tactic as they could do the same thing with left-handed reliever Josh Hader.

"Yeah, we'll try to avoid that," Cain joked.

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