Wash's wisdom: Suicide squeeze in Detroit

April, 24, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Each Tuesday, we take a look back at an interesting decision made by manager Ron Washington. This week, it has to be the suicide squeeze Sunday in Detroit.

With the score tied in the 11th inning, the Rangers loaded the bases with no outs for Alberto Gonzalez, playing third base with Adrian Beltre out with a strained left hamstring.

Washington called for the squeeze play, despite the fact that Gonzalez hadn't put down a squeeze bunt in the majors before. Washington figured that not only could the Rangers score, but they could get runners to second and third as well and have a chance at a big inning.

Gonzalez did two things that were important in that at-bat. First, he got the bunt down as Nelson Cruz sprinted to home plate on the squeeze. Second, he acted as if the ball never hit him, even though it clearly did. The play should have been dead and a strike put up on the board because the ball hit Gonzalez's knee. But the umpires didn't see it and Gonzalez did a nice job of not hesitating. Detroit didn't cover first base, either, so Gonzalez was safe. The Rangers didn't end up scoring again in the inning, but that one gutsy run was enough to win the game and take the series from the Tigers (three out of four).

"He's one of the guys in our lineup that should be able to bunt," Washington said. "When the executing has to be done and we're in the right part of the lineup, they're the guys that are supposed to be able to execute. I was just happy that we got it."

You can read more on the play here.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.12 123 158
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .325
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 71
RA. Beltre 74
OPSA. Beltre .880
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
SOY. Darvish 182