CHICAGO -- The rowdy folks in the right-field bleachers wouldn't let up on Travis Snider Saturday at Wrigley Field.
So when the Pirates right fielder got a chance to exact a little bit of payback, he took it.
David DeJesus hit a long fly ball near the warning track in right field with two outs in the eighth, and Snider snagged it to end the inning. He turned toward that large group of fans who had heckled him throughout the game and gestured as if he were going to throw a souvenir into the stands.
But he never let go of the ball, fooling the fans.
"It was impeccable timing, really," Snider said. "To get a fly ball out after they'd let me have it all game."
He was lustily booed by most of the crowd that stuck around, but he sprinted toward the dugout with a big grin on his face.
"They usually have some nice things to say about you and your family," Snider said sarcastically.
The crowd at Wrigley can be relentless, he said, but it's not nearly as bad as the fans on the south side of this town who cheer on the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. No surprise, the fans in Philadelphia are the worst, he said.
Snider said he sometimes plays along with the crowd.
"I tend to turn around at times and acknowledge them if there's a quality comment," he said. "I try and have the most fun with it I can."
After the Pirates finished their 6-2 victory against the Cubs Saturday, they returned to the visiting clubhouse to find a familiar game on the television.
The Marlins-Mets game that was on in the clubhouse before they hit the field for stretching was still going on. It didn't end until the 20th inning.
And at the same time, the Rangers and Blue Jays were in the throes of an 18-inning game.
The Pirates have some experience with long games, having played 19-inning games in 2011 and 2012.
"It made me reminisce about the 19-inning games we've had over the past couple of years," Garrett Jones said.
There is a physical and mental toll that comes with such long games, said Jones, who played in both. Players have to fight tired bodies and a loss of focus that comes up in those situations.
"You're probably a little extra sore after playing all those innings the next day," Jones said. "But more mentally than anything, you're fried a little bit. But that's just part of the game."
Rodriguez or Morton
Wandy Rodriguez (left forearm inflammation) will throw a bullpen session today, and the Pirates will then be able to determine if he can make his scheduled start Thursday against the San Francisco Giants.
If he is unable to pitch, the Pirates will place him on the disabled list and will likely activate right-hander Charlie Morton (Tommy John surgery) from the disabled list.
In his most recent outing Saturday, Morton allowed two earned runs on six hits in 61/3 innings, throwing 96 pitches in what manager Clint Hurdle called his best rehabilitation outing thus far. He struck out four batters and walked one.
If Rodriguez is able to pitch Thursday, Morton will likely make another rehab start.
"In a perfect world, we'd like to get one more outing," general manager Neal Huntington said on his weekly radio show. "But we're not in a perfect world."
Taillon misses a start
Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday after experiencing stiffness in his neck. He is listed as day-to-day.
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