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This pitch bounced, but Dee hit it anyway

August 21, 2018

SEATTLE -- A pitch in the dirt? No problem for Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon.In the fourth inning of Monday night's 7-4 win over the Astros at Safeco Field, Gordon swung at an 84-mph curve from Gerrit Cole that bounced well ahead of the plate.But Gordon still got his bat

SEATTLE -- A pitch in the dirt? No problem for Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon.
In the fourth inning of Monday night's 7-4 win over the Astros at Safeco Field, Gordon swung at an 84-mph curve from Gerrit Cole that bounced well ahead of the plate.
But Gordon still got his bat on it and pushed a soft grounder toward Astros third baseman Alex Bregman. Gordon was thrown out at first, but he did manage to advance Mike Zunino from second to third. Zunino wound up getting thrown out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch to end the inning.
"I did it last year once. I do it sometimes," Gordon said. "But not like that one. Not that dramatic. That one actually surprised me. That's why I got out, because I looked at it like, 'Is that foul or is that fair?' I didn't know what to do, to be honest with you.
"It happens sometimes, especially when a guy is throwing 93 mph sliders."

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.