Saturday, March 29, 2014

MLB Instant Replays S-66|67|68: Drake, Hertzog (S-1, 2|2)

Instant replay affirmed 1B Umpire Rob Drake's out call in the top of the 5th, 2B Umpire Drake's safe call in the bottom of the 7th and reversed HP Umpire Brian Hertzog's out call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Cubs-Diamondbacks game. In the 5th, two out and three on, Cubs batter Chris Coghlan hit a 3-2 slider from Diamondbacks pitcher Joe Thatcher that passed over the third base bag in fair territory and was fielded by third baseman Eric Chavez, who threw to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt as Coghlan arrived at first base. Upon instant replay review as the result of a challenge by Cubs Manager Rick Renteria, Drake's ruling that Goldschmidt caught the ball prior to Hernandez's touch arrival was affirmed, the call was correct.* At the time of the review, the Cubs were leading, 2-0.

In the 7th, with none out and three on, Diamondbacks batter Brandon Jacobs hit a 0-1 fastball from Cubs pitcher Brian Schlitter to first baseman Chris Valaika, who threw to shortstop Javier Baez as Diamondbacks baserunner R1 Cliff Pennington arrived at second base. Upon instant replay review as the result of an inquiry by Cubs Manager Renteria and initiation by Crew Chief Ted Barrett, Drake's ruling that Baez failed to catch the ball and tag second base prior to Pennington's arrival was affirmed, the call was correct.^ At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 6-6.

Later in the 7th, with one out and three on, Diamondbacks batter Rudy Flores hit a 0-0 pitch from Cubs pitcher Schlitter to center fielder Matt Szczur, who threw home to catcher Eli Whiteside as D'Backs baserunner R2 Jacobs slid into home plate. Upon instant replay review as the result of a challenge by Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson, Hertzog's ruling that Whiteside tagged Jacobs prior to Jacobs touching home plate was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Diamondbacks were leading, 7-6. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 9-8.

These are Rob Drake (30)'s 1st and 2nd instant replay challenges/reviews of Spring Training.
This is Brian Hertzog (-)'s 1st instant replay challenge/review of Spring Training.
Rob Drake (30) is now 2/2 (100% Accuracy) in Instant Replay Reviews during Spring Training.
Brian Hertzog (-) is now 0/1 (0% Accuracy) in Instant Replay Reviews during Spring Training.
*3B Umpire Ted Barrett's call of fair ball (across base) is not reviewable pursuant to Replay guidelines.
^Pursuant to Instant Replay Review guidelines, the middle fielder's touch or tag of second base on a potential double play try or "turn" also known as the neighborhood play is not reviewable.

These are the 66th, 67th and 68th instant replay reviews of 2014 Spring Training.
Cubs Manager Rick Renteria is now 0/4 (0% Success) in Instant Replay Challenges/Inquiries this Spring.
D'Backs Manager Kirk Gibson is now 1/2 (50% Success) in Instant Replay Challenges this Spring.
Umpires are now 54/68 (79% Accuracy) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014 MLB Spring Training.

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (Cactus League Spring Training), 3/29/14
Video: Play stands; Triple-header of Chase Field reviews kicks off with upheld groundout to third (CHC)
Video: Play stands; Fielder's choice is upheld as questions of a neighborhood play appear (CHC)
Video: Play overturned; Replay shows Jacobs eluded Eli, who attempted a bare hand tag (CHC)

5 comments :

Gil Imber said...

Brian Hertzog is the plate umpire.

Gil Imber said...

Will this be non-reviewable in the regular season? Drake's challenge at 2B is a neighborhood play, yet it was reviewed.

Gil Imber said...

The question is (as the commentators so painfully tried to get at):

If the umpire calls the runner safe at second, is it a neighborhood play? I am inclined to say no.

Gil Imber said...

If the throw to second is not a true throw then the umpires have the right to review the play at second.

Gil Imber said...

I would be inclined to agree with you.

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