Pregame: More Sanchez


Some leftover thoughts from catcher Tony Sanchez that didn’t make it into my story in Friday’s Trib:

… On making the jump from High-A Bradenton to Double-A Altoona: “Offensively, the biggest jump is … This isn’t A ball, man. They (pitchers) miss so many barrels. It’s a game of inches. Their ball has an inch or two more movement, an inch or two more break. That’s the difference between a ball in the gap and a 6-4-3 double play. That’s the thing I’m learning. These guys are up here for a reason, because they know how to miss barrels. But I’m up here for a reason, too. I know how to put the barrel on the ball.”

… On getting off to a slow start in early April: “The last thing you want to do is dwell on the ABs or get upset with the failure. This is Double-A; it’s not easy.”

… On tweaking his batting stance: “My base is a little lower and it’s helped me identify pitches earlier. I’m walking a little more and striking out less, and that’s always good. Obviously, I’m not pleased with the average or the power numbers, but it’s the first month. The day you start worrying about (how) you’re hitting in the first month is when you’re not going to be hitting in the rest of the months.”

»»» Bob Bush, a reader from somewhere out there in Internet Land, sent me this email regarding Friday’s blurb I wrote about Aaron Pribanic’s grandfather:

” I don’t mean to be unkind, and truly, eight seasons in the major leagues — with a team like the Yankees, no less — is quite an accomplishment. But Jim Coates’ response to the invitation to revisit the 1960 World Series, ‘Why would I want to go listen to them talk about how we lost?’ should be expanded upon. It was Jim Coates’ failure to cover first base on a ground ball by Roberto Clemente in the eighth inning. The Yankees were ahead at that point, 7-5. With two outs, on a ground ball to Skowron, Clemente got an infield hit because Coates does not cover the bag in time. Bill Virdon scored. Then Hal Smith homered and the Yankees trailed, 9-7. The Yankees tied it in the ninth, and then came Mazeroski. I wouldn’t want to revisit that, either, if I were Coates.”

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Astros (13-19) – 1. Michael Bourn cf, 2. Jason Bourgeois lf, 3. Hunter Pence rf, 4. Carlos Lee lf, 5. Brett Wallace 1b, 6. Angel Sanchez 3b, 7. Clint Barmes ss, 8. Humberto Quintero c, 9. Bud Norris rhp (2-1, 3.03)

Pirates (15-17) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. Chris Snyder c, 7. Brandon Wood 3b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Charlie Morton rhp (3-1, 3.52)