Red Sox lose first-ever replay challenge

Red Sox lose first-ever replay challenge
April 6, 2014, 2:15 pm
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BOSTON -- It took five games and two innings, but the Red Sox finally made their first foray into the realm of the replay challenge on Sunday.

With one out in the bottom of the second inning and runners on first and second base, Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded a Yovani Gallardo pitch to Brewers second baseman Richie Weeks. What looked like a good opportunity for a Brewers double-play went away as soon as Weeks bobbled the chance. Instead, he turned and fired to first to get Bradley Jr.

Bradley Jr. was called out on the play by first-base umpire Tim Timmons, and Sox manager John Farrell almost immediately popped out of the Boston dugout. After some discussion, Farrell alerted Timmons that he would challenge the play.

Replay equipment was brought onto the field by the third base bag, and a ruling was determined after 1 minute,  38 seconds: the play stood; Bradley Jr. was out. The first-ever replay review at Fenway Park -- a venue built in 1912, 34 years before the first mass-produced television sets were sold -- was in the books.

"Bang-bang play at first base," Farrell said of his decision to challenge. "To the naked eye in the dugout, I thought Jackie beat the ball out. But rather than us be in a second and third situation with two outs, I felt like it was a worthy situation to challenge it. Unfortunately it wasn't overturned."

After losing the challenge, the Red Sox could no longer make any challenges Sunday. Umpires, however, could elect to use replay at any time if they so chose.

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