Wednesday, July 9, 2014

MLB Ejection & Replay Review: Hernandez, Ripperger (3, 08)

HP Umpire Angel Hernandez ejected Giants pitcher Jean Machi for arguing a balk call in the bottom of the 8th and Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Mark Ripperger's out call in the top of the 4th inning of the Giants-Athletics game. In the 4th, with one out and none on, Giants batter Pablo Sandoval hit a ground ball to A's shortstop Jed Lowrie, who threw to first baseman Nate Freiman as Sandoval arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, Ripperger's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Athletics were leading, 4-0.

In the 8th, with one out and one on, Machi balked A's baserunner R2 Freiman to third base. Replays indicate Machi, while in contact with the pitcher's plate and committed to the Windup Position, attempted to go into the Set Position, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Athletics were leading, 6-1. The Athletics ultimately won the contest, 6-1.

This is Angel Hernandez (55)'s third ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Mark Ripperger (90)'s eighth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Angel Hernandez's third supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.
*Rule 8.01(a) Comment states, "From the Windup Position, the pitcher may: (1) deliver the ball to the batter, or (2) step and throw to a base in an attempt to pick-off a runner, or (3) disengage the rubber (if he does he must drop his hand to his sides). In disengaging the rubber the pitcher must step off with his pivot foot and not his free foot first. He may not go into a set or stretch position—if he does it is a balk."

This is the 118th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 50th player ejection of 2014. Prior to ejection, Machi's line was 1.0 IP, H.
This is the 686th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Giants' 4th ejection of 2014, 3rd in the NL West (COL 7; LAD 5; SF 4; ARI, SD 2).
This is Jean Machi's first career MLB ejection.
This is Angel Hernandez's 1st ejection since June 12, 2014 (Anthony Recker; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is the San Francisco Giants' 29th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 358/686 (.522 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics, 7/8/14
Video: Machi's attempt to go from Windup to Set Position while on the rubber sparks balk, ejection (SF)
Video: Play stands; Sandoval's infield bloop barely beats him to first base for the out (SF)


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