ST. LOUIS -- It's a requisite for catching to block the plate when a throw is coming in to prevent a run. Reds rookie Devin Mesoraco isn't afraid of the contact.
Mesoraco successfully blocked Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia from trying to score on Rafael Furcal's double to center field in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 11-1 loss. He had to receive a perfect relay throw from second baseman Brandon Phillips first as Garcia barreled in.
"That one was kind of different. The throw took me into him, so I almost had to block the plate or he was going to be safe," Mesoraco said. "I try to get into their way and stop them at home plate."
Catching collisions are under more scrutiny after Giants catcher Buster Posey suffered a season-ending broken leg last season. In the previous series at Washington, Mesoraco had a play at the plate where his left leg was exposed as the runner scored.
"I want to get into a good position where I can block the plate and be safe at the same time," Mesoraco said. "You don't want to go down on to your knees and have that leg turn one way or the other. You want to face the baserunner. As long as I'm in a good fundamental position, I can block the plate and be safe at the same time."