‘Meaningless’ Ninth-Inning Runs Toast Under Bettors in Rays-Mariners
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- Seattle took a seemingly secure 5-1 lead into the ninth inning against Tampa.
- But the Mariners’ bullpen imploded, allowing the Rays back in the game.
- Seattle ultimately held on for the victory, but that was no consolation for under bettors.
Things got sweaty quickly in Tampa as the Rays batted in the bottom of the ninth, trailing the Mariners 5-1.
The Rays couldn’t get anything going at the plate, blanked by a dominant “Road Mike Leake” through eight innings, and it appeared to be a comprehensive win for Ms moneyline and under bettors, alike.
But things unravelled quickly in the ninth, and — after a leadoff double by Wilson Ramos — Seattle skipper Scott Servais turned things over to his bullpen, which did him no favors.
Enter: Álexander Colomé. Enter: tonight’s moose.
After getting Danny Duffy to ground out and striking out Jake Bauers, it looked as if Colomé would retire the side. But after plunking Carlos Gómez with two outs and giving up a single to Mallex Smith, things went from “game over” to “under in danger” in short order. Keep in mind the over/under for this game was 8.
With the wager potentially a base hit away from pushing — and an extra-base hit away from losing … anyone with an under ticket must have been schvitzing.
And, unfortunately for those under bettors, it turned out to be the latter.
Johnny Field cleared the bases, lacing a 1-1 pitch into left field to pull the Rays within one run. But, by then, with the score 5-4, it was already too late for the under.
All with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Of course, Colomé would get the next batter, Daniel Robertson, to roll a groundball over to third to secure the Mariners’ win. But if you had the under, which was freshly toast, you probably wanted Colomé to go on to lose the game — just out of spite. Right? I mean, he blew your bet. Might as well let him take his lumps in kangaroo court.
You guys do that too, right?