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Braves' loss sparks discussion on replay process

Pair of close calls go against Atlanta before Cubs rally in 9th
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ATLANTA -- Braves manager Brian Snitker knows his team is not the only one that has been displeased by some results of replay reviews. But that didn't lessen the frustration he and his players felt when a disputed review cost them at least one run during the fifth inning of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Cubs at Turner Field.

"It's not perfect," Snitker said. "I get it. I go in [the video room] after some games. I look at the same thing everybody else does and I can't tell. Some of them, I can. I don't know. I've got a few opinions but I probably should digest it a little bit more."

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ATLANTA -- Braves manager Brian Snitker knows his team is not the only one that has been displeased by some results of replay reviews. But that didn't lessen the frustration he and his players felt when a disputed review cost them at least one run during the fifth inning of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Cubs at Turner Field.

"It's not perfect," Snitker said. "I get it. I go in [the video room] after some games. I look at the same thing everybody else does and I can't tell. Some of them, I can. I don't know. I've got a few opinions but I probably should digest it a little bit more."

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Snitker wasn't ready to get into specific suggestions on how he would change the process, but he seemed to share the opinion held by some of his players, who believe the umpires stationed in New York should not be aware of the call made on the field while reviewing a play that has been challenged.

But it should be noted this would not be a fool-proof improvement because there would be replays that would clearly show or indicate what call was made.

"The people in New York should not know what the call [on the field] is," Braves veteran reliever Peter Moylan said. "They should make a determination based on what they see only. So, then they can't protect anyone or be skewed in their views."

Using Tuesday's disputed play as an example, those asked to make the review would have watched Johan Camargo attempt to score on Mike Montgomery's passed ball without knowing home-plate umpire Jim Wolf had called the Braves shortstop out.

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Multiple replay angles seemed to show Camargo's left hand touch the plate before he was tagged by Montgomery. But the call stood after a two-minute review. To Wolf's credit, he allowed Snitker to briefly express his displeasure from the dugout. By rule, managers can be ejected if they object in any way to a review ruling.

The Braves had Camargo and Charlie Culberson at the corners with none out in the fifth. Because the ability to challenge was lost via the result of the Camargo review, Snitker was not able to challenge one pitch later when Culberson was thrown out attempting to steal third base.

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As they watched the play unfold and viewed the replays that followed on their telecast, Cubs television broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies both said they felt that third-base umpire Sam Holbrook made the wrong call on the Culberson play.

"I don't blame [Wolf] at all last night," Moylan said. "He saw what he saw. But the people in New York, I don't know what they were looking at. It's frustrating. You go from runners on first and third with none out to no one [on base] and two outs in a span of two pitches with two [messed] up calls."

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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