Sunday, April 6, 2014
Farrell loses first replay challenge
By Tony Lee
BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell on Sunday lost his first challenge of the season under the new replay review system.
Farrell shot out of the dugout after Jackie Bradley Jr. was ruled out at first base on a grounder to second in the bottom of the second inning against Milwaukee. After a brief chat with first base umpire Tim Timmons, Farrell received word from his bench to formally challenge the play. The call was upheld after a conference of 1 minute, 38 seconds.
Had Bradley been ruled safe, Boston would have had the bases loaded with one out. With the play upheld, Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo needed only to retire David Ross on a grounder to shortstop to end the frame and preserve a 2-0 lead.
"Bang-bang play at first base," Farrell said after the game. "With the naked eye in the dugout, I thought Jackie beat the ball out but rather than us being 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."