The Diamondbacks seemed poised to win tonight’s game in the 11th inning. Reliever Daniel McCutchen gave up a leadoff double to Xavier Nady. Henry Blanco showed bunt, then slapped a single to right, moving Nady to third.
“I had a little magic up my sleeve,” McCutchen said with a wink.
On a 2-2 count, Ryan Roberts went down chasing a slider that was well out of the zone. “I was going for a ball there,” McCutchen said. “If he’d have laid off it, then I’d have to see what I’d do 3-2. But I threw a good one in there.”
That brought up Kelly Johnson — a lefty hitter who had not grounded into a double play in 40 opportunities this season. Johnson smacked a sharp grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay, who started a 3-6-3 inning-ender.
“Sometimes, you just get a little lucky,” McCutchen said.
»»» There was no update after the game on the condition of catcher Chris Snyder, who left the game in the second inning with a sore lower back. The Pirates, once thought to have a surplus of catchers, now are extremely shorthanded. Ryan Doumit (fractured ankle) already is on the DL and Jason Jaramillo is rehabbing in Bradenton, Fla., from an elbow injury. Dusty Brown was called up to replace Doumit. Neither catcher at Triple-A Indianapolis — Wyatt Toregas and Eric Fryer — is ready for a heavy-duty role prime time.
Remember, a lower back injury cost Snyder most of spring training and put him on the DL when the season began. If Snyder is going to be out again for a while, the Pirates might put in a waiver claim for Jake Fox, whom the Baltimore Orioles designated for assignment last week. However, any waiver claim likely won’t be awarded until Friday afternoon.
The Pirates no longer are atop the heap for making a claim. After the 31st day of the season, waiver claims are awarded in reverse order of teams’ records.
»»» Righty Brad Lincoln was scratched from his scheduled start tonight for Indy due to a sore neck. Lefty Garrett Olsen started instead and combined with three relievers to toss Indy’s first shutout of the season, a 1-0 victory against Buffalo. Fryer helped keep the game close by throwing out two would-be base-stealers.