SEATTLE -- Jean Segura was called out at the plate on a wild play in the seventh inning of the Mariners' 8-6 win Wednesday over the Angels -- though Seattle's shortstop went on to score the go-ahead run in the ninth on Mitch Haniger's walk-off homer.With Seattle down, 6-5, in
SEATTLE -- Jean Segura was called out at the plate on a wild play in the seventh inning of the Mariners' 8-6 win Wednesday over the Angels -- though Seattle's shortstop went on to score the go-ahead run in the ninth on Mitch Haniger's walk-off homer.
With Seattle down, 6-5, in the seventh, Segura gamely tried to dodge a tag from David Fletcher, the Angels' third baseman, who took a throw from catcher Martin Maldonado after a wild scramble on a short fly to left by Nelson Cruz.
Segura faked going home from third on the shallow fly, but then bolted for the plate when left fielder Justin Upton's throw sailed wide. Fletcher received the throw from Maldonado in time to easily tag Segura, but he threw a head fake and dived to the plate, with his hand touching just as he was tagged.
The call on the field was out, and it stood after a lengthy review did not show definitively that Segura had touched the plate before being tagged.
"It was kind of close," Segura said. "It could go both ways, it was probably going to be too close to overturn it. But we're playing awesome, and we're not giving up. There's a bunch of guys here that are hungry to compete, and right now, it's amazing how we're playing."
Fletcher went 3-for-5 in his Major League debut and drew kudos for his smart defensive play after Upton's throw sailed over him.
"The thing that gets unnoticed in that play, what a phenomenal job their third baseman did," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "When the ball gets off line, the third baseman's instinct is [not usually] to run to home plate. There's not many guys in the league that do that.
"He's a rookie and I happen to know David Fletcher," said Servais, who was the Angels' director of scouting and player development before coming to Seattle. "He's really a heads-up player. For a rookie to do that and be in the right spot [is impressive]."
Said Fletcher: "The throw was a little off line and I kind of jumped for it. I saw Maldonado leave the plate, and I saw Segura take off, so my instincts took over to go cover the plate."
Servais had no issues with Segura trying to score on the play.
"When the ball is that far off line, Jean did the right thing to take off to home plate," Servais said. "He was not expecting the third baseman to be standing there and take the throw from the catcher. Very, very close. A fraction of an inch. We just didn't get the call our way on that one."
Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB