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Robby Thompson forced to use wrong pitcher after pointing with wrong arm

Robby Thompson left arm

Seattle Mariners acting manager Robby Thompson was forced to use a different pitcher from the one he wanted during the ninth inning of Thursday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox, all because he made one little mistake.

The Mariners led the Red Sox 7-2 entering the bottom of the ninth at Fenway Park, but closer Tom Wilhelmsen was shaky. He issued two walks and allowed a single and double, so Thompson came out to pull him. Thompson had two pitchers warming up in the bullpen — right-hander Yoervis Medina, and lefty Oliver Perez. He wanted to bring in Medina to face switch hitter Shane Victorino, but he accidentally pointed to the bullpen with his left arm, which gave the signal to the bullpen to bring in the left-handed pitcher.

Here’s a GIF of the signal:

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