Diamondbacks 5, Giants 4: Giants find first experience with replay challenge very unappealing

Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) is tagged by Matt Cain (18) at home plate in the fourth inning. Pollock was ruled safe. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) is tagged by Matt Cain (18) at home plate in the fourth inning. Pollock was ruled safe. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • LP: Juan Guiterrez (0-1)
    HR: Brandon Belt (2)

BOX SCORE

So the rule that was supposed to keep the umpires from sticking it to the Giants didn’t keep the umpires from sticking it to the Giants.

The Giants’ first experience with a replay challenge didn’t go the Giants’ way, and they ended up losing because of it.

With A.J. Pollock on first base in the fourth inning, Matt Cain appeared to catch Pollock leaning and picked him off. Umpire Chris Guccione called him safe.

It didn’t take long for manager Bruce Bochy to bounce out of the dugout to challenge the call via a replay.

However, it took the replay umpire 3 minutes and 45 seconds to come to a decision.

CSN Bay Area showed three different angles of the play. On one angle, you can’t tell when Pollack’s hand touched the bag because the bag blocks the view.

On another angle, Brandon Belt’s size 15 gunboats block the view of Pollock’s hand for a moment. But you can see when Pollock’s hand touches the base and when he’s tagged.

The third angle, from the outfield, you can’t see when Belt’s tag makes contact.

I don’t know if one angle provided a definitive angle, and maybe that’s what the replay ump was looking for — one definitive replay. But when you put all three replays together, you can clearly tell when the tag occurs and where Pollock’s hand was. And it was not on the bag yet.

He was out. But the replay umpire apparently didn’t see it that way. Pollock was allowed to stay at first.

A couple of batters later, Buster Posey had a pitch pop out of his mitt and roll away. Pollock, now on third, charged for home, as did Cain. Cain caught the ball from Posey, but slipped as he went to tag Pollock.

Still, Cain was able to clip Pollock’s heel before his foot touched the plate. However, home plate umpire Eric Cooper called Pollock safe.

This time, you only needed one look at the replay to see the ump got it wrong.

However, having exhausted his only unsuccessful review, Bochy could not appeal.

The Giants went on to lose by one run.

With this replay system, what MLB is trying to avoid is having managers challenge every reasonably close play. So they want some kind of penalty for an unsuccessful challenge.

But the whole purpose of the replay system is to ensure that bad calls don’t decide games, like they did Tuesday.

So there needs to be a better solution.

Here’s an idea:

A manager makes his first challenge in the first six innings. The call is upheld on review.

The manager challenges a second call in the first six innings. This call is again upheld.

Now the team can challenge no more plays in the first six innings, and the manager is tossed from the game.

Wednesday: Tim Hudson makes his Giants debut as the Giants face the Diamondbacks and Trevor Cahill at 6:40 p.m.

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