Manager Eric Wedge said with a laugh that his 4-year-old son, Cash, who is on the trip, had a question for him after Tuesday’s game.
“Why did the umpire put you in a time out?
Wedge was ejected arguing the call at first base that set into motion the winning rally by the Orioles in the 14th inning, as they pulled out an 8-7 win. Wedge, however, said he’s put the play behind him.
“I put it to bed when I go to bed,” he said. “It’s just one of those things. We have to come out tonight and win a ballgame. That’s the way I look at it. You can’t turn back the clock.”
But Wedge did reflect on some key moments in yesterday’s game, starting with the play at the plate on Miguel Olivo in the sixth, when Olivo was thrown out trying to score from second. A replay appeared to show that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters missed the tag.
“I guess, depending on who you talk to, it sounds like he didn’t tag him,” Wedge said. “I couldn’t tell from the dugout. I don’t think anybody knew. From what everybody’s telling me, he didn’t get that swipe tag. That’s a tough call. Sweep tags are tough. It’s hit or miss.”
Before Dustin Ackley’s single that set that play into motion, Munenori Kawasaki had hit a dribbler up the first-base line. Mike Carp held at third as Kawasaki was put out at first.
“He’s got to go. Go,” Wedge said. “That should have been an easy read for him. He has to go, right away. There’s absolutely no play (at the plate).”
Wedge said that it is Carp’s call to make instantly. If he waits for the third-base coach to guide him, it’s too late.
“You have to react right away. One thing you can’t do is not go, and then go. You’re going to be in trouble. You have to react off the bat. You can’t (wait for the coach); if he doesn’t go right away, and then you say go, then you’re in trouble. He has to react on that ball.”
If Carp had scored on that play, Olivo would presumably have moved up from second to third, and scored on Ackley’s single. As it turned out, he was thrown out, as mentioned earlier.
“People don’t look at the domino effect, but that’s exactly right,” Wedge said.
Then there was the weird play in the ninth when Eric Thames, pinch-running on second, non-chalantly returned to the base after a fly out by Casper Wells and just barely put his foot down in time to keep from getting doubled off. Needless to say, Wedge was not happy “and then some.”
“Good thing he made it. A little bit lackadaisical there. It can’t be that close. I pinch-ran him because I figured that spot might come around again and I wanted his bat in there. That was the thought process. It got my ticker going when I saw that. I didn’t know what the hell he was doing.”
I asked him if he talked to Thames about it.
“Typically, I will in that situation,” he replied. “Because I think he realized how close it was as much as anybody, I’ll let that speak for itself, let’s put it that way.”
Wedge also talked about Trayvon Robinson’s difficulty in getting a read on fly balls, which came into play when he couldn’t hang on to a foul ball by Mark Reynolds in the seventh after a long run. Given another chance, Reynolds doubled to start the rally in which Baltimore scored three to tie the game on J.J. Hardy’s homer.
“He still has to work on his reactions in left field,” Wedge said of Robinson. “He has a tendency to break back on balls immediately instead of freezing. You saw it happen a couple of times last night. That’s why it was so hard for him to try to get that foul ball, the first batter of the seventh inning, which would have been a big out.”
Wedge said that Carter Capps would have worked the 15th inning, had Shawn Kelley gotten out of the 14th. He was holding back closer Tom Wilhelmsen in hopes of getting a lead to turn over to him – a lead that never came.
“We got 18 hits and didn’t win the game,” Wedge said. “That’s hard to do.”
In fact, the Mariners had won 21 consecutive games in which they got 15 or more hits. The last such loss was May 31, 2009 against the Angels.