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Travis Snider struck out Joey Votto. Travis Snider the outfielder.

Jun 19, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

Snider strikes out Votto

Travis Snider has never really lived up to the potential people thought he had when he was a first round pick back in 2006, but maybe he just needs to be put in the right role. Like, say, the guy you bring in to strike out dangerous lefties? That’s what the Pirates’ outfielder did last night when, thanks to rain delays and game which was 9-3 in favor of the opposition to start the ninth, Snider was called on to pitch to the Reds.

He was no great shakes, that’s for sure. He retired Skip Schumaker on a groundout, but then walked the next two hitters, gave up an RBI double and then gave up another run on a fielder’s choice. That brought up Joey Votto, with the speedy Billy Hamilton on base. And Snider did what everyone expected him to do: struck out one of baseball’s best, most patient hitters swinging.

Go check it out here. Then remind yourself that anything is possible.

  1. southpaw2k - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Impressive, but he’s no Chris Davis.

    • hojo20 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      That was a tough loss for the Sox when Davis shut them down.

  2. steelpenbucs87 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Only giving up two runs? He’s better than everyone not named Watson and Melancon in our pen right now! :)

  3. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Pretty impressive job by 0-tool Snider

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    He has found his true calling and he probably hits better than most NL pitchers.

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Wilson Valdez also got Votto out – albeit on a pop-up. He was the reigning MVP at the time

  6. 2r2d - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Reblogged this on 2r2d and commented:
    Snider has bragging rights for the rest of his life.

  7. bengalsucker - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Not surprising. Votto looks downright awful at the plate quite often. Swings at pitches bouncing off of or in front of the plate. For a man who’s supposed to be one of the best hitters in baseball, he has a lot of ugly at-bats. But don’t say that to local Cincy media. They drool all over this guy.

    • jashton11 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      “But don’t say that to local Cincy media. They drool all over this guy.”

      Marty Brennaman and Paul Daugherty might disagree with that.

  8. aphillieated - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Wilson Valdez > Chris Davis and Snider – Why? because it was in a tie game in extra innings and he got the W :)

    • southpaw2k - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Chris Davis pitched two scoreless innings of relief in a 17-inning marathon game to get the win. How is Valdez’s performance better or different?

      • aphillieated - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        How? It was better because I was there and I met my GF in that game, thats how :)

  9. 6superbowls - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Did they go to review in NY to make sure “big brother” said it was a KO???

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