Chris Snyder's bat looked like an axe as he slammed it into the ground. On the surface, this looked like an ordinary reaction of the strike-out victim.
But, Snyder explained, he wasn't the victim. Astros pitcher Jordan Lyles was. Lyles gave up three hits in seven innings. It was the best outing of his career, and Snyder, his catcher, couldn't stand the thought of seeing it wasted.
So when Snyder struck out in the seventh inning with the tying runner in scoring position, out came the axe.
"That's not pressing," he said. "That's wanting to come through right there, when the guy I've been catching all game has been dealing."
The Astros scored nine runs in the first game of their series with the Kansas City Royals this week. Then got shutout. Then lost 2-1 on Wednesday, blowing Lyles' outing. They lost the series 2-1.
For both teams, it was one of those "cure for what ails you" series. Not that the Royals had been sick; they have won seven of their last nine games and are four ...