After left-hander Erik Bedard worked himself into a jam in the 6th inning by giving up three straight singles in the Pirates eventual 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Manager Clint Hurdle called upon Chris Resop from the ‘pen.
Resop was familiar with that role. The righty ranked ninth among N.L. relief pitchers in innings pitched (69.2). He also allowed just 18 of his 56 inherited runners to score during the 2011 season.
"We get the bases loaded, no outs, you know who we’ll go to there,” Hurdle said laughing. “Based on last years performance.”
The right-hander retired his next two batters before intentionally walking A.J. Ellis. Hurdle elected lefty reliever Tony Watson to face pinch-hitter James Loney to get the final out. The strategy paid off, as Watson got Loney to pop out to leave the bases loaded.
Resop doesn't usually make an appearance with a clean base path. And he's okay with that. It takes somewhat of a differ...