SEATTLE -- The Mariners challenged a close play at the plate in the second inning of their 8-2 loss to the Astros on Sunday, and it resulted in some confusion after the replay review.With the bases loaded, Robinson Cano hit a two-out double to left-center field off Astros starter Francis
SEATTLE -- The Mariners challenged a close play at the plate in the second inning of their 8-2 loss to the Astros on Sunday, and it resulted in some confusion after the replay review.
With the bases loaded, Robinson Cano hit a two-out double to left-center field off Astros starter Francis Martes that scored two runs, but Mitch Haniger was originally called out at home plate while trying to score from first. The Mariners challenged the ruling, and they appeared to have won it after crew chief Angel Hernandez initially signaled safe after the review, but he soon corrected the call to out.
"I thought I got in, but they thought otherwise," Haniger said.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said he was "shocked" it was not overturned.
"It was pretty clear to me," Servais said. "We've had a few of those lately that have been shocking. I'm not sure what the people in New York are looking at, it's the same view that we have."
The confusion required even further explanation to Servais afterward.
"The call stood was what came out of New York and Angel Hernandez made the safe sign," Servais said. "He was originally called out, so he basically just said, 'I screwed up and gave the wrong sign,' and confirmed with the home-plate umpire."
And the confusion wasn't just confined to the Mariners' dugout.
"That was sort of a mess from the very beginning," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Obviously, a part of the game. Cano comes up with the big hit. They're reviewing it. Our guys are trying to leave the field and then I'm trying to make a pitching change, if he's safe, if he's out. I still made the pitching change. When Angel came out and gave the safe sign, you're immediately going, 'OK, it's 3-0, I'm going to go to the mound and take Martes out.' I didn't see the replay. I don't know what happened or what New York ruled was not what he motioned, which created the confusion on everybody's front. I was walking to the mound when I saw [Carlos] Correa and [Jose] Altuve walk off before I even knew they had confirmed the play being out."
Not only did it cost the Mariners a run, it prevented Nelson Cruz from coming to bat with Cano in scoring position and a chance to add to what would have been a 3-0 Seattle lead. Instead the inning ended with the Mariners up, 2-0.
"[It was] kind of a momentum play in that game," Servais said. "We keep the inning going, kinda have them against the ropes. But after that we couldn't get much going offensively at all."
Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.