Red Sox question replay results after loss to Rays

Red Sox question replay results after loss to Rays
May 1, 2014, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON -- The scoreboard at Fenway Park showed that the home team scored just one run in their Wednesday afternoon loss to the Rays, 2-1.

There was a difference of opinion in the Red Sox clubhouse after the game.

"Anytime you lose it's frustrating," Sox starter Jake Peavy said. "Really frustrating when you lose and you feel like we did score two runs in the ballgame. That's the thing that I'm having a hard time with right now."
 
The Red Sox were on the wrong end of another replay decision in the seventh inning when Dustin Pedroia was called out at home plate after a one-out double by David Ortiz. First-base umpire Toby Basner moved from his spot to make the call at home and originally called Pedroia out without hesitation.

Pedroia and third base coach Brian Butterfield immediately objected. Manager John Farrell left the dugout to do the same, and the call was reviewed.

After a one-minute, 52-second delay, the call was upheld on account of a lack of evidence to overturn the call. The replay was inconclusive.

"I thought not only did Dustin beat the throw, beat the tag, but felt like his left foot made some contact with home plate," Farrell said. "Our video internally showed that that was the case. Upon review, the call came back, it stood. [They] felt like there wasn't conclusive enough evidence to overturn the call on the field."

Butterfield spiked his helmet and was ejected from the game almost immediately after the results of the replay came back. The Red Sox are now just 1-for-5 on replay reviews this season.
 
After the first month of the season 85 of 191 replays (44.5 percent) around the league have been overturned.

"One-for-5 is not a good rate," Farrell said. "Yet we've got differing opinions. We're challenging the play as it's called on the field. I really don't have any comment other than that."
 
Pedroia led off the seventh inning with a single and appeared to get a good jump off the bat from first base when Ortiz sent a ball to left field that hit high off the top of the Monster. When he slid, he thought he was safe. He said after the game that he never felt Rays catcher Jose Molina touch him with a tag.

"Yeah, I think that’s a little frustrating," Pedroia said. "But there’s really nothing more you can say. I just don’t like the whole inconclusive deal. Replay, you should go check it out and you’re either out or safe. I don’t know what inconclusive means. Maybe that means someone doesn’t want to make a decision. We all make decisions every day. Some of them are hard and some of them are not. Got to make them though."

Farrell said that every angle available to the reviewers in New York is available to the Red Sox. From game-to-game it could be camera angles from two or three different television stations.
 
"We felt that it was close enough to certainly challenge and review, just watching his foot go across the top of the plate," Farrell said. "The ballpark jumbotron showed similar views. Our internal view showed the same. It's gotta be conclusive to overturn the call on the field. We see it differently."
 
Peavy, who allowed two runs in 6.1 innings, railed most firmly against the results of the replay -- and against the replay system in general.

"I guess it can't be close," he said. "If it's close, they seem to stick with the call. It's hard for me to talk right now without absolutely going off. With as many times as it happened in New York, and you come up . . . I mean these are deciding ballgames. It's extremely frustrating and we as a whole, MLB, got to get our act together because it's a joke. It's embarrassing for fans and for everybody to see. Of course [Pedroia] touched the plate, of course he slid dirt over the top of the plate and got tagged after the fact. That stinks."
Peavy was in the Red Sox clubhouse getting treatment when the play happened. He said there was "no doubt" in his mind that Pedroia was safe.

"I just don't understand how you can watch replay, and I mean what's the holdup? I just want explanations," Peavy said. "We didn't have the replays what we got in New York . . . C'mon. Then we're not ready for replay if that's the case.

Then today when a call that's obviously, it's close, I'll give it to you, it's close. But wouldn't you err on the side of what I think we all saw? And that's [Pedroia] touching the plate before [the tag]. It's just extremely frustrating when that decides ballgames. We agree to replay to get the calls right. That's the reason we agreed for this to happen. To not get them right, I don't want to hear anybody's explanation. I know what I see. You can't talk me into anything different when you see what you see. Dustin Pedroia was clearly safe, albeit close, clearly safe. I don't know what else to say."

AJ Pierzynski seemed resigned to the fact that the replay system will continue to have its imperfections and that the baseball world should get accustomed to them.

"The replay's the replay," he said. "They called him out. You can't argue once they go to replay and make the decision to call him out. There's really no argument. It is what it is. It's the system we have and we're stuck with it.

"If they get the calls right, it's good," he added. "That's the ultimate goal is to get the calls right. We want to get the calls right, everyone wants the umpires to get the calls right. Umpires want to get the calls right. The system we have is the system we have and we have to get used to it."

Peavy said he was a supporter of replay when its installation came up for debate.

"Who isn't supportive of getting calls that decide the ballgame. [That] is what we try to do," Peavy said. "These calls decide the outcome of the game, let's get them right. I have no problems with slowing the game, even stopping the game, for that to happen. When you go through that and you don't get the call right, which has happened in numerous occasions against us, I don't know how you want us to have a good attitude and be all for it."

His solution? Simple.

"Call it like we see it," he said. "Get the call right. That's what we could do. I don't know if we're trying to protect people. I don't know what we're doing. If we could get the call right that's why I thought it was in place."