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Diehard Q&A: Arnie Beyeler (Part Two)

Beyeler likes Johnson's team-first attitude

Diehard spoke recently with Double-A Portland manager Arnie Beyeler about the Sea Dogs' historic 8-7, 17-inning win over Connecticut April 16. In part two of this Q&A, Beyeler discusses the decision to send outfielder Jay Johnson—who made himself the winner by delivering an RBI double in the 17th inning—to the mound as well as how impressed he was with Johnson's efforts.

When did you start thinking you might have to turn to a position player against Connecticut? Arnie Beyeler: We thought about it several times. Just the way it happened, pitchers just kept doing a good job and we were able to extend them a little bit. We didn't want to hurt anybody. Get into games like that, you're just trying to get through them and hopefully not hanging someone out there to dry...

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