Goldschmidt stepped to the plate, and on the first pitch to him, Inciarte stole second. The Giants intentionally walked Goldschmidt, essentially taking the bat out of the hands of Arizona's best hitter.
The Giants probably would not have walked Goldschmidt intentionally had slugger Mark Trumbo still been hitting behind him, but Trumbo had been lifted earlier in the game as part of a double-switch.
It ended up being a moot point when Aaron Hill lined a two-run double to the gap in left-center, but Hale made a mental note that he should have signaled first-base coach Dave McKay to tell Inciarte not to steal.
"The thing about it is, and Tony La Russa and I talked about it after the game, just having a guy on second base is a good thing," Hale said. "And to ask Goldy to always knock him in from first is not easy. It ended up working. Probably just should have shut him down and not let him run and not take the bat out of our best hitter's hands."
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