Reds challenge call after Votto grounds out to end game
ATLANTA -- The Reds unsuccessfully challenged the final out of Friday night's 5-4 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. Cincinnati challenged whether Freddie Freeman kept his foot on the bag at first on a Joey Votto groundout, and replay confirmed the call.
After a review lasting two minutes and seven seconds, the out call by first-base umpire Vic Carapazza was confirmed.
"I wanted to know if it was inconclusive or if it was confirmed, and it was confirmed," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I had a chance to come up here and look at our own video, which is what they're getting in New York. And it was a confirmed out call. They got the call right in the end. That's what we're looking for from our perspective. From our bench, it looked like there was a huge gap between Freeman's foot and the base. But that was after the out had been recorded. He came off when his momentum took him off the base. The out was confirmed. It was the right call."
With runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the ninth, Votto hit a ground ball to third baseman Chris Johnson. Johnson's throw to first was wide, but Freeman made a diving grab to snag the throw.
"I think everybody became a fan [of extended replay] there in the ninth inning," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "They all turned around and watched the JumboTron to see what that play was. I saw the outfielders coming in after they saw it the first time. They said, 'Game over.'"
Freeman's great play ended a Reds rally that began with a leadoff single by Roger Bernandina and a Zack Cozart walk against Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel regrouped to strike out both Brayan Pena and Chris Heisey.
Votto, who had already knocked in one run Friday with a seventh-inning single, grounded the first offering -- a breaking ball -- from Kimbrel to Johnson for the closely contested final out.