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Yonder Alonso played second base last night

Apr 11, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Cincinnati traded Yonder Alonso in part because they had Joey Votto at first base and didn’t think he could hack it defensively at third base or left field. San Diego has been playing Alonso at first base, where he’s perfectly solid, but last night the Padres forced themselves into using him at third base … and second base.

Bud Black’s bench moves left him short an infielder in the ninth inning, so he put Mark Kotsay at first base and moved Alonso to second base. He later shifted Alonso to third base and then back to second base, where the 250-pounder botched one play.

“Desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures,” Black told Corey Brock of MLB.com. Alonso came to the plate in the ninth inning with two outs and two runners on base in a 4-3 game, giving him a chance to cement it as “The Yonder Alonso Game,” but flied out to end things.

  1. El Bravo - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Dunner played OF last night as well. Must have been a blue moon.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Nothing unusual about the moon last night. Just an AL team playing in an NL park.

      Adam dealt with a couple of balls hit in his direction, without incident. Got a nice hand from us Nats fans. We still love him.

  2. singingfriar - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    That was just Bud Black giving the bird to all of us who complained about him pinch hitting with Eric Stults in the fifth inning on Tuesday.

  3. icanspeel - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    It was kind of funny to watch him go from 2B to 3B back to 2B cause by the end the announcer thought Alonso made the final out at 3B but it was Gyorko since Alonso went back to 2B. You don’t see players switching positions multiple times in an inning very often.

    • cubfan531 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      I think it was 2011 when the Cubs were so short on infielders that Alfonso Soriano came into the infield in the 9th. He and Blake DeWitt (if memory serves) switched between playing 2B and 3B, depending on the handedness of the hitter (DeWitt at 3B for RH hitters, 2B for LH hitters).

  4. deepstblu - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Not as crazy as playing Sam McDowell at second base. (Yes, it happened: http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/0c9cecef )

    • someguyinva - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Kent Tekulve in LF, and getting the putout on the final out of the game – http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN197909011.shtml

  5. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Somewhere fantasy owners who only require one game played to gain eligibility just lost their marbles and he’s become a great super utility guy…now if only he’d pop that OPS up over .800.

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