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Craig Stammen escaped a jam with a nifty behind-the-back snare

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Because they are located so close to home plate, pitchers rarely get opportunities to contribute with their gloves. When they do, their plays are usually based more on reaction and instinct than flash and skill.

In the fifth inning of Friday night's game against the Brewers, Padres reliever Craig Stammen made a play that combined both instinct and flashy moves on a comebacker from Orlando Arcia.

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Stammen may have been caught off-guard by his own skill as his throw home went a bit high, but he still made the play, and that's what counts.

After the game, which was won by the Brewers, 6-5, San Diego manager Andy Green commended Stammen for his play and his overall effort. As he told MLB.com's Carson Mason:

"Craig's done an unbelievable job coming in in some dicey situations lately and getting a ground ball and getting a key out. That play behind the back was really special. It looked great. It gave us a great inning in the third. Got out of that situation. It kept us tied at that point. He's done a really good job for us in that role."

There are many ways to work around an inherited runner at third with one out, but a behind-the-back snare from the mound is not one that gets much play. Now that Stammen has added it to the book, perhaps it will get more.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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