The Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays entered the fourth inning tied at 0. Seattle would exit the top of the fourth with a 7-0 lead and Rays starter Josh Fleming on the ropes after a 44 pitches in the frame. Seattle’s seven runs was highlighted by a weak ground ball that had just enough bounce to turn into a triple for second baseman Adam Frazier.
The ball bounced right out in front of home plate and took the fuck off into orbit as it bounced over first baseman Ji-Man Choi’s head.
Why Choi was playing so shallow, I do not understand. The poor defensive position, combined with the bounce of the ball, resulted in a slow roller that reached the bullpen and gave the bases plenty of time to clear as the M’s added two runs their score in the inning to make it five.
Frazier easily coasted into third on the play.
Mariners superstar in the making, Ty France, would knock Frazier in on the next pitch to make it 7-0. Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez would both go down in the next to plate appearances to end the inning.
Winker started off the inning with a single to right and that was followed up with a Suárez walk. JP Crawford would line out to center for the first out; but Abraham Toro would ground into a fielders choice that was flubbed by some spectacularly flip to second that allowed Suárez to safely reach second. Tom Murphy followed that up with his own fielders choice but a throwing error by Choi meant that everyone was safe and Suárez scored.
Julio Rodriguez’s at bat reached a full count before he lined a drive into the right field gap for a RBI double that set-up Frazier’s two-run double.
That was one of the most insane offensive innings I can remember from the M’s in a long time. While Logan Gilbert struggled a bit in the bottom of the frame, he was able to shut down Tampa Bay to send it into the fifth with Seattle up 7-0.
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