OKC RedHawks: Snyder brothers wait 12 years before face-to-face encounter

RedHawks outfielder Brad Snyder gets the best of little brother Ben, a relief pitcher for Round Rock.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: April 27, 2012
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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.”