Replay shows Yelich safe at plate with tying run in eighth inning
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MIAMI -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond leapt out of the dugout before Christian Yelich had much of a chance to even complain about a close call at home plate on Sunday afternoon in the Marlins' come-from-behind, 3-2 win against the Mariners.
A few minutes later, Redmond and the Marlins were awarded a reversal of a call in their favor for the second time this weekend during their series sweep of Seattle.
Miami was trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, but had the bases loaded with one out when Garrett Jones hit a grounder to Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak, who threw home for a forceout. Yelich, who was at third base, appeared to beat the throw to Seattle catcher John Buck, but was called out by home-plate umpire Ed Hickox.
Redmond challenged the call, and following a review, the umpires overturned it and Yelich was ruled safe, tying the game at 2. The Marlins then scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Adeiny Hechavarria that scored Ginacarlo Stanton.
"I felt I beat it from the get-go," Yelich said. "I told [the umpire] I was safe. I was shocked [at the initial call]. Red came out right away. I told him I was safe. They got it right, but it took a while."
The review of the play took 2-minutes, 20-seconds, and both Redmond and Yelich said they were a little nervous during the wait.
"Any time it takes a long time, you never know," said Redmond, who also won an appeal on Friday night. "Just by looking at it initially, he looked safe to me. I jumped up so fast. They got it right. It's worked out well for us this weekend."
Smoak said he might have thrown to second for a possible double play, had Jones' grounder been hit a little harder.
"It was bang-bang. Just snuck in there," Smoak said. "[Yelich] just got a heck of a jump. It's one of those things where the hop gave him time to go down the line."