Sidelined since the end of spring training with back soreness, Pirates catcher Chris Snyder is scheduled to return from the disabled list in time for tonight’s game.
He’ll take over as Pittsburgh’s primary catcher, pushing Ryan Doumit back into an outfielder/catcher bench role and Jason Jaramillo to Triple-A.
Doumit started eight of the first 11 games behind the plate in Snyder’s absence and the Pirates were no doubt hoping the playing time would convince another team to take his contract off their hands after an offseason spent unsuccessfully shopping him. He hit just .241 with a .680 OPS, but did throw out three of nine steal attempts.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.