In the fifth inning of yesterday’s game, Chase d’Arnaud tried to steal third base with one out and Luis Torrens at the plate. This is the story of that play, as told by those most closely involved with it (all interviews may or may not be real).
Chase d’Arnaud: I’m just trying to get to third base with one out. Look, love Torrens, but—this isn’t on the record, right?—there’s no way he’s getting a hit there. [laughs] I stole second just before that, and I thought I had a pretty good read on [Jacob] Turner, plus their third baseman was playing way off the bag. My job is to get to third so Torrens can drive me in just by putting the ball in the air. With Jhoulys Chacin on-deck, I’m thinking our best chance of scoring is for me to get to third ASAP. That’s all I’m thinking about. Well that and kicking my brother’s ass in some ping pong over the all-star break. [laughs]
Brian Goodwin: Yeah, I’ve had that happen a few times before. As soon as that ball’s hit, I’m just thinking catch it, catch it, catch it. It’s an easy two outs for my guy Turner there, and it helps us get out of the inning without any further damage. That guy’s a hard-nosed scrapper, but you can file that under “shit happens.”
Wilmer Difo: Don’t tell Goodwin, but he could have made a better throw there. Almost ate me up.
Glenn Hoffman: From my perspective, it was tough to see if that was going to fall in. Really, I thought it might. I figured Chase is already just about to third, so if their right fielder catches it, there’s really no way he’s getting back to second anyway. If it drops in, let’s make sure he scores right there. So I’m kind of waving him in, but I never really felt good about the whole thing. That’s a spot where you probably have to sit tight, but I know he’s just trying to make a play. You’ve gotta appreciate that.
Jacob Turner: I wasn’t really worried much at all about d’Arnaud, to be honest. Next question.
d’Arnaud: Yeah, as soon as I heard contact, I’m saying “shit,” you know? Maybe it gets down for a hit, but I still had my head down. By the time I picked up my third base coach and see Hoffman kind of halfheartedly waving me home, I knew it probably wasn’t a good sign. I rounded third anyway, I’m not really sure why, then I slowly made my way back toward second, just for looks as much as anything.
I’ll learn from it. Maybe next time I’ll try to pick up the ball quicker or something. Maybe I won’t run.
Then again, maybe I will. [laughs]
Luis Torrens: You see my batting line? I’m just trying to get a hit, man. This guy d’Arnaud, I like him and everything, but chill out when someone’s trying to hit. You know what I mean? I already took a borderline pitch to let him steal second, and I would have given him a chance to steal third if the count was in my favor. But he went on a 1-1 count, and that pitch was a strike. I can’t fall behind 1-2 there. And I didn’t even think he had that great of a jump, anyway.
Jose Lobaton: d’Arnaud had a helluva jump there. No real chance I had to throw him out; actually, with [Anthony] Rendon playing off the bag, I probably wasn’t even going to make a throw. Torrens kind of bailed us out, but that’s what can happen when you run in a situation like that.
Andy Green: That’s aggressive play, okay. We want to be aggressive here, so I’m not going to get on d’Arnaud for busting his butt out there. We’re not going to stand idle on the base paths. One thing we preach around here is always trying to take the extra base, always playing like it’s your last game out there. Playing with some fire.
Now, having said that, is that the greatest time to try to steal third? No, probably isn’t. We’ll talk about it. I want to hear his side of the story. I think you have to let Torrey hit there. Get a good lead, get a good secondary, but have faith that your teammate can drive you in. Be smart.
Hey, I’ll still take an out due to aggressive base running over playing station to station any day.