How Peralta and Santiago nabbed Figgins

Peralta holds onto Halman's ground ball. (Getty Images)The Mariners made no secret they were going to be aggressive on the basepaths and take advantage of the Tigers napping. Brendan Ryan took second base in the series opener when the Tigers forgot to cover it after his single. Chone Figgins stretched out a double the next night when the Tigers outfield didn’t expect it.

Come the fifth inningSaturday, when Greg Halman dribbled a slow grounder to short that both Jhonny Peralta and Don Kelly tried to charge, Peralta and Ramon Santiago were thinking what Figgins was thinking.

“I was anticipating Peralta, he made a good fake,” Santiago said. “Nobody’s on third base, because Kelly and Peralta both went to get the ball. But Peralta knows he doesn’t have a chance at first, so he kind of faked, and that was the key play.”

Figgins fell for it and rounded second, leaving Peralta with a rundown to execute for the third out. It was a huge play, because it turned what would’ve been an at-bat for Ichiro with two men on into Ichiro leading off the sixth inning and having to start something. If Ichiro’s triple happens in the fifth rather than the sixth, it’s a whole different ballgame.

It was one of the better displays of awareness all season from the Tigers by a double-play combo that doesn’t get to play together very often.

“Figgins, he’s a very good baserunner. He likes to take advantage of mistakes. When you don’t pay attention to them, they take advantage.”

2 Comments

Gee, I wonder what would have happened if Raburn was playing 2B and not Santiago? I’m sure he would have been walking around with his head down, just like he was when Brendan Ryan took second the other day.

Now that they figured out one player’s actions, they need to pay attention to what else is going on. I really thing the team should invoke a rule to levy an inhouse fine on players who mess up because of sheer stupidity. Sunday’s game had Avila doubled up running from first on a fly ball to the outfield. It was only one out. Alex is a catcher but he was the DH today. To me, a catcher is one of the key people whose mind has to be on the game constantly. Secondly, as a DH, he failed in that he did not protect his base running. The mental mistake is inexcusable.

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