In the eighth inning of last night’s 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks, Omar Quintanilla ran deep into the hole at shortstop to make a backhanded play and made an acrobatic throw to start a 6-4-3 double play.
The next three Arizona hitters reached base – the double play undoubtedly help to preserve the Mets’ three-run lead in the inning.
After the game, Terry Collins said he doesn’t see any reason to give Ruben Tejada his starting job back in the big leagues.
“I’ve yet to see why Omar Quintanilla should lose his job. All he does is make plays like that night after night,” Terry Collins said about Quintanilla. “You look at his batting average and it’s not what he’d like it to be. But, he’s on base 33 percent of the time and he’s done a really good job. We wouldn’t be playing like we’re playing without him.”
Quintanilla has hit .224 with a .317 on-base percentage in 248 plate appearances this season.