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Why didn't Rays Logan Forsythe tag up in key Monday moment?

Logan Forsythe said he wasn't sure he would make it on the ball Brad Miller hit to right fielder Jose Bautista and didn't want to risk ending the inning.

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Logan Forsythe said he wasn't sure he would make it on the ball Brad Miller hit to right fielder Jose Bautista and didn't want to risk ending the inning.

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Why didn't Logan Forsythe tag up with a chance to put the Rays ahead in the seventh inning Monday?

Because he wasn't sure he would make it on the ball Brad Miller hit to RF Jose Bautista, and didn't want to risk ending the inning.

"I thought it was going to be too close to call. It was kind of my call,'' he said Tuesday.

The problem for the Rays was that Mikie Mahtook then flied out to end the inning with the score tied 4-4, and the Jays took the lead in the bottom of the seventh.

More from Forsythe on his decision, which he said he was not second-guessing:

"With the ball that he hit I didnt't hesitate going back to tag. My only question is, as loud as the stadium is, I was talking to (3B coach Charlie Montoyo), like I wasn't for sure if I heard the "Go" or not. In that situation, it's not even neccessarily for me to hear Charlie, it's kind of a judgement call on my end anyway. With Bautista coming in on that ball and with his arm strength, and he's pretty accurate as well. It's a gutsy call to go right there, especially with another out to play with, a guy to get another hit for us.

"I think it was a read on my end. I dont know if something has been bothering his arm or not, I have no idea. But I think he didn't throw it, when he saw I held up, because he came up. But I thought it was a little too close with his momentum coming to home. We've seen him make that throw plenty of times, I wanted to be sure and I wasn't just 100 percent on it. ... Even if (Montoyo) is telling me to go or not to go, it's still a judgement call on my end.''

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 4:49pm]

    

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