PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – With backup catcher Michael McKenry out for the year after having knee surgery, Tony Sanchez will get his first extended chance with the big league club, and talks about his first game behind the plate being a shut out.

“You’re in your Pittsburgh debut, you’re catching for the first time…and for Brandon [Cumpton] and I to be on the same page the entire night and shut out a team like the St. Louis Cardinals means so much to me,” Sanchez said.  “More than a couple hits or a home run in my PNC Park debut.”

Sanchez also talks about getting called up and getting injected into the electric atmosphere that has taken over PNC Park since the Cardinals came in for their five game series.

“It’s kind of like you’re being thrown into the fire.  There’s no other atmosphere you want to play in,” he said.  “It’s going to help me develop a lot quicker than being thrown into any other atmosphere, that’s for sure.  You’ve got a whole city riding on this team.”

Things wrapped up with Sanchez talking about getting accustomed to the big leagues and what it’s like interacting with players from the other teams when they step to the plate.

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