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.”