Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/23/15
A game that featured one of the least-celebrated home runs in recent Mariner history at Safeco Field also turned into one of the least-celebrated victories by the team itself. Michael Saunders hit one of two solo home runs to back up some fantastic pitching by Hisashi Iwakuma and lift Seattle to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in front of 18,562 spectators. But Saunders’ seventh-inning homer remained in question until he had rounded the bases and gotten to the dugout as no one knew for sure if Minnesota center fielder Sam Fuld — who hit the wall and crumbled to the ground — had caught the ball. “That’s a tough play that Sam makes more often than you’d think,’’ said Saunders. Saunders said he didn’t know for sure it was a homer until the umpires ruled it as one after he was already in the dugout. That led to a muted reaction from the crowd, which also was kept in suspense. The clubhouse afterward was likewise more somber than might be expected after a vict...
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