Thursday, May 24, 2007

Stretching a Triple

With his team down 6 runs and no outs in the fourth inning today, Jose Lopez tried to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park homer, only to be thrown out by 15 feet.

The Mariners went on to lose 13-12.

As a fan, I'm in favor of more attempts at the inside-the-park homer, which remains one of baseball's most exciting plays even though it's really a double or triple plus a fielding miscue. But the Mariners' third base coach fully deserves the blame he's going to get for this one. Despite the six-run gap, this was still a game. Jae Seo is pitching horribly this year, and the Devil Rays have a pathetic bullpen.

As a strategic decision, rather than for entertainment value, this was a brain fart comparable to Greg Dobbs' decision to throw home rather than take the out last night.

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