A team will pitch a position player in a blowout to save its bullpen. By doing it twice, Lopez helped his team.
Lopez pitched in the first game of the August doubleheader against the Mets at Citi Field — a blowout victory for the Braves. In Miami last month, Lopez took the mound again during a blowout loss.
After that, Snitker went up to Lopez and said: “There’s no way you finished your bottle of tequila yet, so what else do you drink?”
Lopez told him he drank wine, so Snitker purchased a bottle of wine.
“He takes care of us, which is awesome,” Lopez said.
Added Snitker: “That’s just showing my appreciation for (him) being able to do it.”
The above item first appeared in the AJC Braves beat reporter Justin Toscano’s Braves Dispatch newsletter. It is available free on Fridays. To sign up for the newsletter, go to https://www.ajc.com/newsletters/subscribe-atlanta-braves/. Just enter your email address and you are done.