Escobar tends to be a free swinger -- he had just 20 walks in his 148 games -- which is one reason he doesn't often get the leadoff assignment. But he was trying to be selective on Saturday night, when he went 2-for-4.
"After he grounded out on that 3-2 pitch, he goes, 'You know that was a strike.' I said, 'I know,'" manager Ned Yost recalled. "He said, 'I just wanted you to know, I knew that was a strike. If it was a ball, I was taking it.'"
In other words, Escobar was ready and willing to take a walk.
"I think he likes that spot," he said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.