In going with Snider, Hurdle essentially went with his bat over Pie's defense and baserunning speed. While Pie batted .138 overall in limited playing time and went 2-for-9 as pinch-hitter, Snider had three pinch-hit home runs among his total of five.
"Snider has provided us with the most productive left‑handed bat off the bench," Hurdle said. "The home runs, the RBIs [seven in a pinch], he's given us some big swings this year.
"In lieu of Felix's baserunning and the defense, we felt more inclined to go with Travis."
Snider is 5-for-11 with three RBIs off the usual first man out of Cincinnati's bullpen, Alfredo Simon. He is hitless in 13 at-bats against the rest of the Reds' bullpen.
The right-handed complement to Snider on the bench is Jose Tabata. The pair back up the starting outfield of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Marlon Byrd.
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