Thom and Chris (and later Jim Day) were giving Votto all sorts of grief for “locking up” on a ball in the bottom of the 9th, where he looked to second (and it looked like he had no angle to throw) and then didn’t get a chance to flip it to Masset covering first. But with the timing of Masset’s arrival at first (looked like he had some trouble finding the bag) and Uggla’s getting down there in a hurry, it looked to me like it would have been a bang-bang play had Votto had a chance to toss it to him. Personally, I don’t think a toss/throw necessarily would’ve beat Uggla.
I’d argue that Hanley Ramirez was actually the unsung goat. A throw that could’ve gotten the lead runner was not made in the top of the 10th on a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Phillips right to pitcher Burke Badenhop because no one was near second base to receive it. As you can see, Hanley Ramirez didn’t even cover second. (Though Badenhop didn’t look that way for long if at all either.) And if he had, I think a quick throw gets Votto at second. I’m not saying they could’ve turned two, but with Phillips on first instead of Votto on second, Phillips only gets to third on Rolen’s single. Bruce and Gomes struck out. The score remains tied at 5, right? Just sayin’ I thought Hanley’s mental error was more of a factor than Votto’s perceived “lockup,” (“inexplicable,” Jim Day called it) but I’d be curious to find out what others who watched it thought. Maybe even one of the 82 fans in attendance at Sun Life Stadium could chime in.