SEATTLE -- Umpires ruled that a call on the field stands when Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon challenged a bang-bang play at first base with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning of Saturday night's game vs. the Rangers at Safeco Field.
With Seattle and Texas tied at three and a runner on first, shortstop Brad Miller laid down a perfect bunt. Rangers reliever Aaron Poreda fielded it and threw to first. In real-time, Miller appeared to beat the throw, but first-base umpire Gabe Morales ruled him out.
McClendon immediately trotted out of the dugout to discuss the call, then opted to use his challenge under Major League Baseball's new instant replay rules. The umpires conferred with MLB Instant Replay headquarters in New York before ruling that the call on the field was indeed correct.