Pittsburgh Pirates defeated San Francisco Giants in dramatic fashion last night thanks to a review in the bottom of the ninth with the scores tied.
Starling Marte smashed a Tim Hudson pitch high into the Clemente Wall in the right field with the Pirates on two-outs. Second baseman Ehire Adrianza’s relay throw missed third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the error proved costly as Marte raced home.
Home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott ruled Marte tagged out after catcher Buster Posey made a timely intervention.
The stadium expected extra innings but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had other ideas.
Hurdle challenged the call and the video replay decision from New York overruled the on-field decision and award Marte the run and the game.
The decision gave the Pirates their first jump-off victory in their entire MLB history.
“I thought he was safe, then got the thumbs up from bench coach Jeff Banister so we went ahead and asked for the look.”
Banister’s thumbs up won the game for the Pirates after both managers were not 100 percent certain whether Marte had got home before being tagged.
The decision could spark Pittsburgh’s season into life after they have struggled in the early phases. Currently sitting on a 13-20 season record, four of their nine home wins have come in walk-off style. This latest and very unique one sent the crowds wild.
The Giants were rocked by this decision after having a terrific start to 2014 with a 21-12 record.
Neither side had control on the game as both pitching contingents dominated. Both sides only conceded five hits and one error in the whole game, but the Giants' error proved decisive.
Despite recent controversies with the new video replay review system this one provided top-notch drama in front of the 18,881 fans.
The most important part of the match-winning play in the bottom of the ninth was that the right decision was made.
After the way the Pirates season has gone so far, there would be have long odds on their taking the win in the extras against this strong Giants side.
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