It will read X2 or perhaps F2 on the scorecard -- an eighth-inning out on a sunny, afternoon in September.
But Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez made the kind of play Thursday in a 10-1 win against the San Diego Padres that doesn't fade from memory.
Sanchez ran down a pop foul to the edge of the Padres dugout on Jason Grilli's first batter, reached over the railing to make the catch, then flipped end-over-end and slammed onto the concrete in front of the Padres.
He came up with the ball.
"I had a lot to think about when I was waiting for the ball to come down. I'm trying to get Grilli through an inning ... what went through my mind was this is a way to get a quick out for him to have a good outing," said Sanchez.
"Did I anticipate going over the railing and slamming on the ground? No. I didn't care how far the ball was I was going to reach out and try and grab it."
Sanchez said he hit his head, his ankle rotated strangely, and wasn't sure who Padres catcher Nick Hundley was when he picked him up.
"I was thinking who the heck are you," said Sanchez, who later said he felt fine. "Guys were coming up to the plate, saying that's the best catch I've ever seen."
No one caught him in the dugout.
"They don't want to interfere with the play. I don't blame them for not catching me. It's not their fault. I'm the one who went the extra mile," said Sanchez.
The batter -- left fielder Chris Denorfia -- was out, and Grilli went on to retire Jedd Gyorko and Chase Headley to complete a 1-2-3 inning.
Manager Clint Hurdle said those plays are one of a kind.
"You might not ever see a better play than Sanchez made," said Hurdle. "We've got a lot of guys who play their best when they play in their backyard. Just play the way you did in the backyard. You didn't think about the score. Where you where. You just played."
Liriano postseason No. 1?
The way the pitching rotation is currently configured Francisco Liriano is penciled in to start a one-game playoff or the wild-card game if the Pirates reach that point, Hurdle said.
Liriano also could pitch on short rest at Cincinnati next weekend.
"It's an option that we've talked about," said Hurdle. "I think the way it lines up right now, if there were no changes, Liriano would be able to pitch a play-in game or the first wild-card game which isn't a bad option to have if that's where you end up going."
Liriano has a 16-7 record with a 2.92 ERA and has had a career year with the Pirates with the exception of a few bad starts. He will be on the mound for the start of a critical three-game series tonight against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.
He, A.J. Burnett and Jeff Locke are scheduled to pitch against right-handers Mat Latos (14-6, 3.14 ERA), Homer Bailey (11-10, 3.40) and Bronson Arroyo (13-11, 3.56).
Martin rests again
Catcher Russell Martin was given a second consecutive day off in preparation for the Reds series. Martin has caught the lion share of games for the Pirates -- 114 starts.
"You'd be hard-pressed to find another catcher who does as much dirt work as he's done," said Hurdle. "Actual blocking balls in a game, it's seven to 12. ... [San Francisco's Buster] Posey is pretty good. [St. Louis' Yadier] Molina is pretty good. But living with this guy every day, watching the job he's done on dirt balls so far ..."
A new Pirate
Left fielder Starling Marte was scratched from the lineup Thursday in favor of Jose Tabata.
Marte was at the hospital with his wife, who was giving birth to the couple's child Thursday morning.
"It's a great day. A new Bucco on the way. We're on the verge of starting something big," said Hurdle.
Jenn Menendez: email@example.com, 412-263-1959 and Twitter @JennMenendez. First Published September 20, 2013 4:00 AM