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Salt Lake Bees: Snyder keeps swinging hot bat, but Bees lose 2-1 to Tacoma in matinee

Bees' Chris Snyder hits as the Salt Lake Bees play the Tucson Padres in the season opener Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.
Bees' Chris Snyder hits as the Salt Lake Bees play the Tucson Padres in the season opener Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.
Tom Smart, Deseret News

SALT LAKE — Anything Salt Lake Bees catcher Chris Snyder does offensively is simply icing on the cake.

At least that's what Snyder said after Tuesday afternoon's 2-1 loss to visiting Tacoma.

"Like I tell everybody, I'm going out there and my main focus is what I do behind the plate," said Snyder. "I've been swinging the bat well, and that's fine, but No. 1 is definitely getting the pitcher through the game, controlling the running game and being solid behind there. The offense right now is just icing on the cake."

Snyder, who has a .379 batting average, seven home runs and 21 RBIs, has impressed this April.

The catcher finished Tuesday's outing 2-for-4 with a home run.

"I was looking for something out over the plate, and I got it," said Snyder.

Tuesday's solo shot moved Snyder into a first-place tie with Albuquerque slugger Scott Van Slyke for most home runs in the PCL.

Snyder currently is on the outside looking in at the Angels' 40-man roster, which means the catcher is an active player but not able to join the Halos.

Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson is hopeful the opportunity will come knocking at Snyder's door, whether it's with the Angels or some other franchise.

"I'm hoping. He came over here with an opportunity to try to make that ballclub," Johnson said. "He's been doing a great job for us, and that's all he has been trying to do— try and get himself prepared to get back into the major leagues, whether its with us or someone else.

"If the opportunity is not with us, and it's with someone else, I hope the best for him."

For Snyder, it's all about building off the confidence that comes from having positive results on the field.

"It's always good to have confidence when you step in the box. You get guys on base and in scoring position — what you've got to do is put the ball in play," said Snyder. "That confidence kind of locks you in a little bit, and I think it's helped out a lot."

NOTEBOOK: Salt Lake pitcher Matt Shoemaker put in a solid effort on the mound Tuesday afternoon, going seven innings and throwing 97 pitches — 66 of them for strikes. Shoemaker gave up 10 hits and two earned runs, striking out four Tacoma Batters.

ATTENDANCE: On a day that was deemed fit for an afternoon game, 3,590 baseball fans came out to Spring Mobile Ballpark to enjoy baseball in the sunshine.


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