Ruling on Napoli's slide stands; review overturns safe call on Pujols
Alden Gonzalez and Steven Petrella
BOSTON -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia burned his challenge early in Monday's 4-2 victory, when replay officials ruled a call would stand that Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli beat right fielder Kole Calhoun's throw while tagging up from second base in the second inning.
Calhoun took a couple of steps back, gave himself some momentum and fired a strong, one-hop throw to third after catching Xander Bogaerts' fly ball. The tag from Angels third baseman David Freese came just after Napoli's foot hit the base, but Scioscia believed Freese kept the tag on as Napoli's leg came off the bag.
"We're going to get a little better direction from the league because Mike Napoli was out at third base," Scioscia said after the game. "The tag was on him, and in between his leg and his knee getting there, there's a gap where you can see no part of his body is on the base and the tag is on him. We lost a challenge on a play that we were pretty sure that we had, so we're going to get some direction from the league on what they saw."
The Red Sox used their challenge while trailing, 4-1, in the eighth inning, and manager John Farrell didn't need much time to decide. With one out, Albert Pujols on third and Boston's infield in, Erick Aybar hit a ground ball right at Dustin Pedroia. The second baseman threw home and catcher Christian Vazquez applied the tag on a sliding Pujols, seemingly in time. But Pujols was called safe by home-plate umpire Mike Muchlinski.
Farrell emerged from the dugout and approached the umpires. He skipped any discussion and immediately asked for a review. Following a 55-second delay, the call was overturned and Pujols was out at home. The Halos turned a one-run lead into a three-run advantage earlier in the eighth when Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa misplayed a Howie Kendrick ground ball and then threw it away from Vazquez, allowing a pair of runs to score.
The Angels are now 13-for-24 in getting replays overturned. Boston is 13-for-25.