Review in O's-Astros goes Houston's way
HOUSTON -- A video review in the second inning on Thursday went against the Orioles, as the ruling on the field stood and resulted in a run for the Astros in their 3-1 win.
After Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a single, his first pitch to Robbie Grossman skipped by catcher Nick Hundley, who threw the ball to a hustling Jimenez covering the plate. The throw beat Houston's Jason Castro, but Jimenez's tag was high. The typically reserved Jimenez -- who tumbled over afterward -- was animated after the safe ruling by home-plate umpire Mike Muchlinski.
"I'm pretty sure I had him, because his cleat got caught on my glove," Jimenez said. "He almost made a hole in the glove. That's what I was trying to show the umpire. He never touched home plate. I have the hole mark from his cleat on my glove."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter came out to argue and, after a review that lasted four minutes and 25 seconds, the call stood, although Showalter wasn't shy in his disagreement.
"I don't know how you get much more conclusive than what we saw," Showalter said. "But I don't know what they're looking at. They're supposed to have the same look we have. [The play] didn't beat us.
"He's out. I'm not sure what they're looking at. I'll show you what we looked at. That's probably the third time that's happened. It's kind of frustrating. It puts umpires in a tough spot."
The O's are now 4-for-7 on the season in replay reviews.