"That's what happens when you're hitting .225," Gordon said after the Dodgers' 1-0 loss. "It's been like that all year."
Gordon thought he dropped a perfect bunt single down the third-base line off Kevin Millwood in the fourth inning. But Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager, brother of new Dodgers first-round pick Corey, made a barehand grab and perfect throw in one motion to beat Gordon to the bag by a fraction.
In the ninth against Tom Wilhelmsen, Gordon sent a broken-bat roller toward shortstop Brendan Ryan, who entered the game as a defensive replacement. Ryan threw off-balance to first baseman Justin Smoak, and umpire Ted Barrett, under the gun with a no-hitter in the balance, called Gordon out.
Replays were inconclusive. Gordon and manager Don Mattingly protested. Reluctant to say anything about the call, Gordon's body language after the game indicated he still thought he was safe.
"Wow, he can really fly," said Ryan. "I got it cleanly, I got to it quick, I thought, and got it out of my glove. It was a decent throw. I'm still shocked it was that close."
"Was he out or safe?" Mattingly asked reporters afterward.
Nobody was sure.
"It was a banger," Mattingly said.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.