You don’t usually see pitchers worrying too much about Chris Snyder stealing a base, and with good reason: Because he never has.
Look at his stats and it’s goose eggs straight down the column from 2004 with Arizona until now. So it was amusing to watch Padres reliever Ernesto Frieri throwing to first over and over in the ninth inning. Manager Clint Hurdle suspects there was a little something more behind it than Frieri’s fear that the 6 foot 4, 240-pound catcher was going to turn on the jets, however.
“I really think if you look a little deeper they were trying to get their bullpen up and ready, give the guy a little more time,” Hurdle said. “I’m not so sure they were thinking that he might run. But, you never know. (Bud Black) is a good manager over there. I’m not so sure that was trying to pick him off.”
Just a few more little points that didn’t make it into the print edition here from the West Coast….
= 2010 top pick Jameson Taillon pitched four shutout innings, allowed two hits and struck out six in his second professional appearance with West Virginia tonight. He did not factor in the decision.
= Evan Meek had an MRI that confirmed the original diagnosis of shoulder tendinitis. His status is now week to week as there is a chance he won’t be ready to pitch at the end of his 15-day DL assignment.
= In the department of you don’t see that everyday, Jorge Cantu went diving over the wall in front of the cameraman next to the Pirates dugout chasing a foul ball in the eighth inning and wound up snapping his belt somewhere on the way down.
= That’s all until tomorrow. You stay classy, San Diego. Sorry, sorry, I couldn’t resist. That line’s been going through my head since I got here. And, even in a blog, I don’t think I can type the other line. Classic piece of cinema.