By Peter Schmuck
8:58 PM EDT, April 12, 2014
It took five games, but the new video replay system finally debuted at Oriole Park on Saturday night when Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged a ruling by umpire Chris Conroy that Edwin Encarnacion was pulled off the bag on a close play at first base.
Orioles second baseman Steve Lombardozzi dropped a bunt toward third base and Blue Jays pitcher Drew Hutchison pounced on the ball and hurried his throw to first base. The ball sailed high and Encarnacion appeared to lose contact with the bag when he extended to catch it, but it appeared he might have recontacted the bag before Lombardozzi got there.
Gibbons used his challenge, but the review team in New York decided that there was not conclusive evidence to justify overturning the call and Lombardozzi remained at first. It was the second time a call has been challenged by an Orioles opponent – the other call was reviewed in Detroit –and both times the original call was upheld.
Maybe the baseball gods saw it differently, because Lombardozzi was quickly erased on a double-play grounder by David Lough.
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