Call upheld on 1st replay challenge

Updated: March 31, 2014, 7:42 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers |

PITTSBURGH -- Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria was the first to utilize expanded replay this season as he challenged a call at first base in the fifth inning of an eventual 1-0, 10-inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

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AP Photo/Gene PuskarUmpires Bob Davidson (61) and John Hirschbeck wait for the ruling as the first call challenged under the expanded instant replay was upheld.

Pitcher Jeff Samardzija was attempting to bunt runners over from first and second but pitcher Francisco Liriano was able to get Nate Schierholtz out at third base. Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez then fired to first for the double play, narrowly beating Samardzija's final stride.

Renteria came out to argue the call with first base umpire Bob Davidson while looking into his dugout, presumably for a signal. He then asked for a challenge.

Davidson and crew chief John Hirschbeck quickly reviewed the play and the call was upheld.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was successful in getting a call overturned in the 10th inning after umpires determined Cubs baserunner Emilio Bonifacio was picked off first base after he was initially called safe. With one out in a scoreless game, pitcher Bryan Morris threw over to first baseman Travis Ishikawa, who applied the tag. After Davidson called him safe, Morris stalled around the mound for a few seconds until Hurdle came out of the dugout to challenge the call.

Again, Davidson and Hirschbeck looked at replays, and after about 2½ minutes they overturned the initial safe call.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for and ESPN Radio 1000.


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