Since missing 16 games while on the disabled list, Ports second baseman Chad Pinder has been waiting for a breakout game to help his teammates challenge for another California League title.
A crowd of 4,710 saw Pinder connect for his 12th home run of the season - his first in seven weeks - to lead the Ports to a 7-5 victory over the Lancaster Jethawks on Friday at Stockton Ballpark.
The 22-year-old, 2013 draft pick also proved Friday why the move from his natural shortstop position to second base may be paying dividends for the Oakland A's.
In the fourth inning, Pinder momentarily kicked a routine ground ball before quickly gathering himself in time to turn a double play. He snagged the ball with his open hand, alertly tagged the baserunner and quickly threw to first.
"Anytime you can barrel up a ball like that, it's a successful at-bat," Pinder said. "Obviously it helps your confidence. I'm still kind of shaking off the rust but I'm starting to feel more comfortable out there."
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