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Play of the Day: Michael Saunders nailed himself a runner

Aug 1, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

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The Mariners lost, partially because Jonny Gomes had his own nice play in the outfield last night, turning an unassisted double play.  But this throw from Michael Saunders to end the 14th inning is pretty to watch. I’ve replayed it 10 times already.  There’s nothing like a perfect throw:

  1. Jack Marshall - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    And yet if Victorino slides rather than trying to dislodge the ball, he scores, I think.

    • bigt12789 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      That would be difficult considering Victorino wasn’t running, but either way Saunders threw a frozen rope. Would have been tough for anyone without decent speed to score on that play.

    • pinkfloydprism - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Wow…. Victorino flew out.

  2. Innocent Bystander - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Love that Snyder gets up and pats Quintero after getting tagged out by him. We’ll played by all involved.

  3. rollinghighwayblues - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    You have to think that if Snyder tries to hands-first-sweep-tag home plate he would’ve had a better chance of being safe. Ahh, the joys of armchair quarterbacking!

  4. mornelithe - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    There were a couple of great plays last night, from Saunder’s throwout at the plate, the 1,2,3 DP in the first, Gomes unassisted double play…from left field, to name a few.

    Great game. Go Sox!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Thanks for mentioning the 1,2,3double play in the first inning. It was well executed.

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Woweee!!!!

  6. Stiller43 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Wow what a throw

  7. daddeeo - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Really? GREAT PLAY? Yes it was a nice throw but the pop-up was to mid center field! The runner should never have been sent. This is evidenced by the fact that the catcher received the ball and stood at home plate before the runner even go near the B-Box. I won’t bemoan Seattle getting a highlight bone once in a while though…

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Yeah…a wonderful play. The ball was hit fairly deep enough as well. Dude threw a seed.
      Got him by 5′. Slide head first, feet first, hook slide, etc….he was toast.

  8. roverboy1949 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Play of the Day! That wasn’t even the Play of the Game. Sure, it was a good play, but Jonny Gomes’ unassisted outfield double play should be the Play of the Year! When was the last time you saw one like that?

  9. Jonny 5 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    That was just awesome. How his arm didn’t just tear off and hit the second baseman is beyond me.

  10. mudhead123 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Gomes catch was play of the year? Wow, welcome to baseball. That was a decent catch followed by a player who didn’t want to risk throwing the ball.

    • mornelithe - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      While certainly not play of the year, he did it because he couldn’t think of a time recently where a Left fielder pulled off an unassisted DP. If the Mariner baserunner would’ve been closer he obviously would’ve thrown it hehe.

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