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Phillies lose first challenge on play at first base

CHICAGO -- The Phillies challenged their first call via instant replay in the fifth inning Sunday at Wrigley Field and lost.

They challenged that Chase Utley beat a throw to first base from Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, but the umpires took a look at the video and confirmed the out call.

It would have helped the Phillies had it been overturned, considering they had runners on first and third with no outs at the time. Ben Revere scored from third on the play, cutting the Cubs' lead to 4-1 in an eventual 8-3 victory.

"It was a bang-bang play," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It's the fifth inning. We need baserunners. It was worth a shot."

Sandberg went out to discuss the play with first-base umpire CB Bucknor before asking for a review of the play. It took a while to get the word from the dugout to review it.

"There are some rails and stuff [in the dugout]," Sandberg said. "It's hard to see my signal from the dugout there, but the process was fine."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for
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