RedHawks outfielder Brad Snyder had been waiting 12 years for payback.
It finally came Thursday night in the seventh inning of Oklahoma City's 11-5 win over Round Rock when Snyder lined a single to center. The hit was off his younger brother, Ben, a left-handed relief pitcher for Round Rock.
It was the first time the two baseball-playing brothers from Bellevue, Ohio, had faced each other in a professional game or any meaningful game.
The last time Snyder faced Snyder was in a high school scrimmage a dozen years ago when Ben fanned Brad on three pitches.
“It's been a long time coming,” said the left-handed hitting Brad Snyder. “It's all I heard at Christmas dinner is how he struck me out. I never heard the end of it until basically (Thursday). I got a good knock and now I am good to go.”
Responded little brother Ben: “If the game had been on the line, he might have gotten a different pitch.”
The Snyders knew coming into this season that they would face each other at some point.
Brad Snyder, 29, was hitting .364 on the season before Friday night's game against Round Rock at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. He joined the Houston Astros organization as a free agent in the off-season and was assigned to Oklahoma City.
Ben Snyder, 26, spent most of the last three seasons pitching in Double A but was promoted to the Texas Rangers' Triple-A club this year in Round Rock, Texas.
The RedHawks and Round Rock will meet 16 times this season, and the Snyders didn't have to wait long for their first encounter. It came in first game of the season between the two clubs on Thursday night.
“It was going to happen eventually, me being the only lefty left in the pen for Round Rock, and it happened in the first game,” Ben Snyder said. “I wish it was a little bit better situation where we weren't getting blown out at the time. He took advantage of a fastball and lined it back up the middle. I am just glad he didn't hit me with it.”
Both brothers played collegiately at Ball State but not on the same team. Brad Snyder turned pro after his junior year in college. Ben Snyder's freshman season at Ball State was the following year.
The Snyders' parents surprised their sons by making the 14-hour drive from Ohio to Oklahoma City for the game Thursday night.
“It was something special for them,” Ben Snyder said. ‘I am sure they were more excited about it than anybody else.”
Brad Snyder said Thursday night was the first time he had seen his brother pitch since a spring training game two years ago.
“I haven't seen him throw hardly at all in his career because we are always playing at the exact same time,” he said. “I have only talked to him about it. I haven't seen his arm action or anything. I was asking my teammates that had faced him the last couple of years what he had.”
Ben Snyder is trying to learn the same about his brother's bat.
“I got a good read on that first curve ball he swung at (Thursday night),” Ben Snyder said. “I knew not to throw that one again. He took a big hack at it. We will see how it goes from here.”
He keeps warning his brother not to dig in at the plate.
“I tell him that I am going to throw behind his head or something,” Ben said. “Maybe hit him in the back or thigh. I keep telling him it's going to happen.”