Continued from page 1

“Ray Knight even suggested I not hit them third and fourth, but I didn’t like [that]; they got us there. They were going to have to do it to get us to the final dance and they didn’t do it,” Johnson said.

“I still think even a slumping star has the best chance. But that was obviously a great move in New York.”

The Reds wound up losing to the Braves, the eventual World Series champions.

“That’s the toughest decision a manager ever has to face,” he said. “I’ve never really hit for the middle of my lineup, pinch hit for them. There’s times maybe I’ve thought about it, but I haven’t pulled that trigger.”

Around the horn

Adam LaRoche’s first-inning homer represented the first run scored at home by a D.C. Major League Baseball team since Oct. 7, 1933, a three-homer by Fred Schulte in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the World Series. … Bryce Harper was 0-for-3 and dropped to 1-for-18 in the series.