Monday, March 31, 2014

MLB Instant Replay Review 001, 003: Bob Davidson (01, 03)

Instant replay affirmed 1B Umpire Bob Davidson's out call in the top of the 5th inning and reversed Davidson's safe call in the top of the 10th inning of the Cubs-Pirates game. In the 5th, with two out and one on, Cubs batter Jeff Samardzija ground bunted a 1-1 fastball from Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano back to Liriano, who threw to third baseman Pedro Alvarez to second baseman Neil Walker, covering first, as Samardzija arrived at first base, Cubs baserunner R2 Nate Schierholtz out at third. Upon instant replay review as the result of a challenge by Cubs Manager Rick Renteria, Davidson's ruling that Walker caught and tagged first base prior to Samardzija's touch arrival was affirmed, the call was correct.* At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 0-0.

In the 10th inning, with one out and one on, Pirates pitcher Bryan Morris threw to first baseman Travis Ishikawa in an attempt to pick off Cubs baserunner R1 Emilio Bonifacio as Bonfacio slid into first base. Upon instant replay review as the result of a challenge by Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, 1B Umpire Davidson's ruling that Ishikawa did not tag Bonifacio prior to his return to first base was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 0-0. The Pirates ultimately won the contest, 1-0, in 10 innings.

These are Bob Davidson (61)'s first and second instant replay challenge/review of 2014.
Bob Davidson (61) is now 1/2 (50% Accuracy) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Crew Chief John Hirschbeck's crew is now 1/2 (50% Accuracy) in Replay Reviews during 2014.
*This is the first regular season instant replay review via challenge in MLB history.
Replay Official: Larry Vanover. MLBAM Technician: Timothy Akins.

These are the 1st and 3rd instant replay reviews of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Cubs Manager Rick Renteria is now 0/1 (0% Success) in Instant Replay Challenges/Inquiries in 2014.
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle is now 1/1 (100% Success) in Instant Replay Challenges in 2014.
Umpires are now 1/3 (33% Accuracy) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 season.

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB Opening Day 2014), 3/31/14
Video: Play stands; Davidson's out call becomes first ever challenged play during Regular Season (CHC)
Video: Play overturned: Morris and Ishikawa pick of Bonifacio in extras as Hurdle wins first review (PIT)


Gil Imber said...

looks like the braves just won a challenge

Gil Imber said...

Bob Davidson is a great human being and a man who is an umpires umpire. I'm not sure, however, why he's taking pick off plays from fair territory in a 4 man system. He is completely screened from seeing the tag on the pick off. Fairly easy call, blown due to poor positioning.

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