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Jarrod Dyson bunted and broke up Justin Verlander’s perfect game attempt

Detroit Tigers v Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 19: Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Seattle Mariners bunts off of relief pitcher Alex Wilson #30 of the Detroit Tigers to reach first base during the sixth inning of a game at Safeco Field on June 19, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Dyson would score on a home run by Mike Zunino #3 of the Seattle Mariners and the Mariners won the game 6-2. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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Update: Both Verlander and Ausmus took no issue with Dyson’s bunt. Via’s Jason Beck:


Tigers starter Justin Verlander had thrown five perfect innings against the Mariners and retired Mitch Haniger on strikes to begin the sixth inning. That brought up the speedy Jarrod Dyson. With a 1-1 count in a 4-0 game, Dyson laid a bunt down the first base line. Both Verlander and first baseman Miguel Cabrera charged towards the ball and second baseman Ian Kinsler was late covering the bag, so there was absolutely zero chance Dyson would’ve been out.

In the rather hefty tome of baseball’s unwritten rules, “don’t bunt to break up a perfect game or no-hitter” is somewhere in there. Ben Davis famously and successfully broke up Curt Schilling’s perfect game bid in the eighth inning back in 2001, which earned him some scorn. Then-manager Bob Brenly called the bunt “chicken,” though Schilling didn’t have any unkind words towards Davis after the game. It’s happened a few times since then.

Following the bunt single, Verlander walked Mike Zunino and allowed an infield single to Jean Segura to load the bases. Ben Gamel brought in the Mariners’ first run with a single to center field. Verlander had light at the end of the tunnel when he struck out Robinson Cano for the second out, but served up a two-run double to Nelson Cruz, ending his evening. Shane Greene relieved him.

Verlander and manager Brad Ausmus will almost certainly be asked for their thoughts on Dyson’s bunt after the game. It’ll be interesting to see if they take the high road or the low road.

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