Pudge denies Padres a run on play at plate

During their 2-1 loss to the Padres on Saturday afternoon, the Nationals were able to prevent Padres third baseman Chase Headley from scoring in the ninth inning, thanks to catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

With runners on first and second, two outs and reliever Henry Rodriguez on the mound, Logan Forsythe singled to left field. It appeared that Headley was going to score, but Rodriguez was able to scoop up Laynce Nix’s throw from left field, block the plate and tag Headley for the third out of the inning.

Rodriguez was jumping up and down with excitement that he was able to get that last out.

“The most important play is to see the ball when it comes,” Rodriguez said. “See where the runner is, … what direction the ball is coming to home plate and try to make adjustments.”

Rodriguez didn’t give an answer on whether or not the rules should be changed to protect catchers behind the plate. However, Rodriguez said a catcher should sometimes make adjustments when it comes to collisions at the plate.

“Sometimes you have to be careful during plays like that, especially when it’s late in the game.” Rodriguez said. “When someone needs to score, you have to be smart. I’ve been in situations where I was hit very hard early on in my career, but I learned from those things.

“Sometimes you have to be smart to block the plate and sometimes you have to make adjustment how to get outs.”

3 Comments

Rodriguez, a true professional, got one of the few hits the Nats managed to have in this game. He has been in this game a long time so I expect he does not pay too much attention to Rick Ekstein. I understand that he is a mentor to Wilson Ramos. Do you think he could be a hitting mentor to the rest of the team?!!!

Actually, I have read Pudge talks with Ekstein all the time. Throughout his career and during each baseball season he makes adjustments because pitchers will change how they pitch to you, than you have to change your approach. It is hard to hit a baseball and even harder if the pitchers have a big history on your hitting tendencies (like Pudge’s 20 years of hitting).

Maybe, Rodriguez talks with Ekstein all of the time. My sources are not as good as yours. Essentially you made my point though in that Pudge has so much professional experience he could probably be a hitting coach in his own right. My point about Ekstein is that their are very few teams in MLB that have our general lack of offense and for as long as we have had it. Just how long is it supposed to take and how much patience is their supposed to be for this guy. Do you want to go as far as the All-Star break or even wait til the end of the season. What can we lose by bringing in a fresh perspective or a more experienced one ie. “Frank Robinson”. Please understand I am not a perennial naysayer. I think this organization has done everything else right. That is why I continue to listen to every game that I can. If this team was able to basically hit to the career averages of the players we presently have we would be well above .500 in the standings. I am firmly convinced of that.
If the Nats were able to do that they might well be able to turn this town back in to the baseball city it used to be and help to supplant some of the twisted interest in that bunch of cartoon characters masquerading as a profession sports franchise in Asburn, Virginia

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