LEADING OFF: Pirates RF Travis Snider played his second and presumably last rehab game for the Curve on Tuesday. Snider, coming back from a left big toe injury, batted second and went 1-for-3 with a single in the sixth inning, his last of the game. Snider, who had already left the ballpark by the time the clubhouse opened to the media after the game, went 2-for-6 in his two rehab contests.
SAFE AT FIRST: Manager Carlos Garcia said the plan was for Tuesday to be Snider's final game with the Curve, although that could change today since the team does have one more home game remaining. It's unclear if he's heading to Triple-A or back to the big leagues. As per tradition for MLB rehab players, Snider purchased the Curve's postgame meal, which was from TGI Friday's
STEALING SECOND: RHP David Bromberg has been exceptional but has had little luck in three starts since coming back to the Curve from Triple-A Indianapolis. In 20 2/3 innings, he has allowed just two runs - only one earned - but is just 1-2 in those starts. The Curve were shut out in two of the losses, including Tuesday, and scored only two runs in his one win.
ROUNDING THIRD: Bromberg lowered his ERA to 3.17, second best in the Eastern League behind only Portland's Anthony Ranaudo (2.95), but he has just a 6-10 record.
HEADING HOME: Bromberg has a chance to win the league ERA title if he's really sharp in his final two starts. Ranaudo is no longer in the EL - he's in Triple-A - so his 2.95 ERA makes him the leader in the clubhouse. If Bromberg pitches 12 innings and allows no earned runs or 13 innings and allows one earned run over his final two starts, his ERA would drop below 2.95.
- Cory Giger