PITTSBURGH — The Dodgers dropped their second straight one-run game to the Pirates on Saturday; this one didn’t feel quite the same as the first. The replay system did them no favors. The box score is here.
In case you were wondering (as I was at the time) what happened on the first challenge in the first inning, a short postscript:
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (legally) challenged two calls on the same play: 1, that Jimmy Rollins was safe at second and 2, that Howie Kendrick was safe at first when the Pirates attempted to turn a double play.
The call at second base was overturned. Rollins was out. The call at first base stood because there wasn’t any clear and convincing evidence to change it. Kendrick stayed at first base.
The Pirates got to keep their challenge because, according to section II.B.1. of the official replay review rules, “If the Replay Official overturns any call challenged by a Club (even if he upholds other challenged calls), the Club retains its Manager Challenge.”
Who could have known the challenge would be used twice more in the game, and the Pirates would win both?