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August 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Mariners still fuming over play at first after 8-7, 14-inning loss

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(After the game, the Orioles optioned Tuesday starter Zach Britton to Triple-A Norfolk and called up right-hander Steve Johnson, who will start against the Mariners on Wednesday. The scheduled starter, Tommy Hunter, was scratched because he had to warm up late in Tuesday’s game. Johnson, a Baltimore native and son of former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson, will be making his first major-league start).
There’s a standard cooling-off period of 10 minutes before clubhouses are open to the media. It didn’t work tonight, because Eric Wedge still hadn’t cooled off. He was still fuming over the safe call on Omar Quintanilla to start the decisive 14th in a negative direction for the Mariners. And I think he had a right to argue. It sure looked like Mike Carp kept his foot on the bag.


Wedge adamantly believed so, and was thrown out by first base umpire Brian Knight when he went out to make his case.
“He was out. It was clear that Carp was on the bag, and Ackley made a great play,” Wedge said. “It’s a damn shame the umpire has to get involved in that way. When you talk about first basemen coming off the bag, it’s been in the game for a hundred-plus years. But he didn’t even come close to coming off the bag. It was evident he was on there, and noticeably so. It’s just a damn shame he has to make the call right there and cost us the ballgame.
“The leadoff guy getting on in an extra-inning ballgame on the road – it’s everything. It’s unfortunate, and you just can’t do that right there.
“It’s the big leagues. Games shouldn’t end like that in the 14th inning, our guys are fighting their asses off out there to compete and win. For an umpire to get involved like that is just ridiculous.”
Carp, also still visibly agitated, had only a brief statement.
“I have nothing to say worth saying. You guys all saw what happened, the whole country saw what happened. Now if someone has the decency to say something about it. That’s it.”
Casper Wells felt he should have caught the game-winning, bases-loaded hit by Adam Jones off Shawn Kelley. He made a sliding effort on the sinking liner, but it went off his glove. I think it’s a moot point. Quintanilla probably tags up and scores anyway, but at least they have a shot to throw him out.
“Close. I should have caught it,” Wells said. “It was sinking, but … I should have caught it. I didn’t catch it.”
A couple of other things. Here’s Wedge explaining why he left the lefty Lucas Luetge in to face right-handed hitting J.J. Hardy, who hit a game-tying three-run homer in the seventh.
“He hadn’t given up a home run all year. He’s been one of our most reliable relievers. I wanted him to face that guy and then get the next left-hander too. It looked like he left a fastball over. He had given up a ground ball base hit that just barely got through, a bloop single. It didn’t look like he was struggling by any stretch. It just looked like he left his fastball up and over to Hardy. He’s handled lefthanders and righthanders all year long. I trust him. He’s been in that situation before. He just comes through for you. He just made a bad pitch.”
And Wedge on why he didn’t use John Jaso, specifically to hit for Miguel Olivo. I believe he’s takling about the seventh inning, with two runners on and two outs. Olivo grounded into a force out.
“In that situation there, Miggy was swinging the bat all day long,” Wedge said. “He hit the home run, two other balls he just missed. What you don’t want to have happen in that situation, you use your final catcher, and God forbid, something happens, and you lose the ballgame because you have Kawasaki behind the plate or something like that. We don’t want to let that happen, and we’re thin as can be anyway.”

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