Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/24/13
It was the type of play that went against the Mariners two months ago when they couldn’t get out of Cleveland fast enough. But not even the dastardly Indians could dream up a scenario quite as implausible as what happened Tuesday night in the ninth inning of this 4-3 win by the Mariners. The only thing standing in the way of an eighth consecutive Mariners win was the Indians having runners at the corners and nobody out. That’s when third baseman Kyle Seager ran in on a slow chopper and began an unbelievable 5-4-2-6 double play that turned the tide. Tom Wilhelmsen ended the game with a called strikeout, and all of a sudden the Mariners can start to dream of much bigger things. “You don’t see that play too often,’’ Seager said in a boisterous clubhouse. “I’d say that was pretty well-executed on a lot of parts.’’ The 16,308 fans at Safeco Field would say so as well, erupting in an explosive ovation when pinch-runner Drew Stubbs was tagged out between third and home to cap the double play. Moments earlier, those same fans seemed resigned to Wilhelmsen blowing the save after consecutive singles put the speedy Stubbs on third base. But then Yan Gomes hit the chopper to Seager, who glanced at Stubbs once before making a throw to second base. “When it was hit to me, I was just trying to make sure he didn’t ... break home,’’ Seager said of the freezing look. The ball wasn’t hit that hard, so the chances of turning a double play would be tough. Second baseman Nick Franklin said his priority was to get at least one out at second in taking the tough-angled throw. Franklin was planning to throw on to first to attempt the twin-killing in any event. But then he saw Stubbs out of the corner of his eye inch just a little too far toward home. “I was kind of surprised,’’ Franklin said. “I didn’t think he was going to try to go home.’’
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