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August 18, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Mariners 6, Orioles 5: Matt Tuiasosopo steals show at the plate, in the field

Make that two good games in a row for Matt Tuiasosopo. And not just with his big bat, which clubbed a second three-run homer in two nights.
Tuiasosopo’s biggest contribution tonight came in the field, when he did a fully extended dive in left field to rob Matt Wieters of an extra-base hit that would have tied the game. This wasn’t just a pretty finish to a play. That’s about as athletic as it gets for a big guy like Tuiasosopo, who had the presence of mind to hang on to the ball as his body hit the ground.
Hey, he’s a football player, what did you expect? He can take a hit.
I’d say the ball is now in manager Daren Brown’s court when it comes to finding Tuiasosopo some playing time.
Brown suggested, rather bluntly, that it was one thing for a player to have a big game, but in the majors, it’s about consistency. OK, then. That’s two big games in a row. As consistent as anyone can be in two games.
Now, it says here Brown has to put his money where his mouth is and play Tuiasosopo in the opener at Yankee Stadium.
I mean, he answered the challenge.
The plan going into tonight was to give Tuiasosopo his “reward” for last night and rest Michael Saunders and his shoulder one more day and again with the off-day tomorrow. But now, how do you bench Tuiasosopo when he has two homers, a double, seven RBI and a game saving catch in two nights?
That’s easy, you don’t. Last I checked, Tuiasosopo can also play second base and third base. Did Jose Lopez or Chone Figgins have seven RBI the last two games? Nope.
So, Saunders can play. And so can Tuiasosopo.
Brown can thank me later.

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