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Jarrod Dyson’s awesome bunt hit broke up Justin Verlander’s perfect game

Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson. The Associated Press

Who’s ready for another debate about unwritten baseball rules?

Yeah, me neither.

But during the Mariners-Tigers game on Wednesday night, Detroit starter Justin Verlander had retired the first 16 batters when Seattle’s Jarrod Dyson came to the plate.

Dyson did this:

Yeah, he bunted for a hit. And it was perfect. In fact, the awesome Daren Willman shared the Statcast particulars of Dyson’s hit:

After Dyson’s bunt, things fell apart for Verlander. Mike Zunino walked and Jean Segura and Ben Gamel singled. After an out, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run double and Verlander’s night was finished. Seattle, which had trailed 4-0 when Dyson bunted, won 7-5.

“I’m sure he didn’t like it,” Dyson told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. “But at the same time, he looked comfortable on the mound. He about blew our whole lineup away. So I tried to lay down a bunt and get him off the mound.”

Verlander wasn’t upset about it:

However, there actually were some upset fans that Dyson broke up the no-no with a bunt, while others defended the play:

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Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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