Cory Snyder's goal of not making an error this season ended Tuesday night when he made two errors playing third base. It was the first time this season that Snyder has made an error, and he said he was bothered by it long after the Dodgers' 8-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
"It is irritating to me, I was so frustrated," said Snyder, who has made a total of nine errors in the two previous seasons. "To me, it's worse than striking out. It was rough after the game."
Snyder's error in the ninth inning allowed John Kruk to get to first safely, and Dave Hollins followed with a two-run homer to give the Phillies a 6-2 lead.
Snyder, who was moved to third from right field when Tim Wallach went on the disabled list Sunday, said of all the positions he has played, his favorite is shortstop.
"I played it in college and was an All-American," Snyder said. "And in the majors every year a team will put me at short for six or seven games and then move me back to right field. I have never made an error there, but you get labeled in this game, and the stigma is that I'm too big to play short, as though I couldn't be agile enough, move well enough. But then, I have also heard that even though I'm 6 foot 4, I move more like a guy who is 5-10."
Snyder, who has played right and left field, first and third base this season, has played shortstop for only six innings.
Tom Lasorda, who began his baseball career in 1945 when he was signed by the Phillies as a left-handed pitcher, said he is still thinking about pitching in the Hall of Fame exhibition game in Cooperstown, N.Y. Aug. 2, when the Dodgers play the Cleveland Indians.
Sitting in his office, Lasorda, 66, turned to Vin Scully and asked: "Would I be the oldest guy to start a game between two big league clubs?"
Without hesitation, Scully replied with a smile, "Sure."
Satchel Paige was listed at 59 when he started a game and pitched three innings for the Kansas City Royals in 1965.
Wallach, sidelined with a broken rib, said he is improving but still can't swing a bat. . . . The Phillies' Kevin Stocker, who sprained his ankle during the eighth inning in Tuesday's game, is day to day. Stocker, who was called up from club's triple-A team July 7 and made his major league debut that night in the Dodger-Phillie 20-inning game, had hit in eight of his last 10 games and was playing great defense. Said Manager Jim Fregosi: "He makes all the plays. He looks like he's going to be a marvelous player."