Baseball history was made yesterday, May 6th 2014. With two out in the bottom of the ninth of a tie ball game Starling Marte tripled high off the right field wall. The replay throw second baseman Ehire Adrianza to third got past Pablo Sandoval and Marte headed home. The ball was promptly picked up by Tim Hudson and thrown to Buster Posey who applied the tag and Marte was called out.
None of this sounds like history, just an exciting play at the plate to take a game to extra innings. But as we can recall the new way games are played with a coach’s challenge to huddle up the umpires to consult with an umpire in New York the chance to look at the replay. This happened last night when Pirates manager Clint Hurdle trotted out of the dugout to exercise his challenge. After a review of 1:14 the call was overturned to end the Giant’s 6 game winning streak with the MLB’s first walk-off instant replay.
It was a tough game for Hudson who went the distance as the Giants starter giving up only two runs, one earned and just a handful of hits.
”Replay is going to provide the final conclusion,” Hudson said. ”It is what it is and you’ve got to accept it. But it’s frustrating to be to the end of a call that cost you the ballgame. I’ve seen calls that were closer than that but weren’t overturned.”
This is just the start of how baseball’s fan base has to adapt to the change of the game and that we will begin to see more of these mellow dramatic situations. The important thing in the end was the call was correct just the delayed celebration made for a very awkward ending.