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The Nats-Rangers game featured the first ever double replay challenge on a single play

Jun 2, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT


If you’re not a big fan of replay you wanted no part of the first inning in yesterday’s Rangers-Nationals game. That’s when Ron Washington and Matt Williams came out to challenge two different calls on the same play.

With two outs and runners on the corners, the Rangers’ Alex Rios broke to steal second base. He was initially called safe, but then appeared to come off the bag and was tagged. Meanwhile, the runner on third — Elvis Andrus — came home and, initially anyway, was ruled to have crossed home plate before Rios was tagged out at second. So it’s 1-0 Rangers, yes? Well, no.

Matt Williams came out and asked for a replay as to whether or not Andrus crossed home before or after Rios was tagged. Ron Washington came out and asked for a replay as to whether Rios was actually out at second. It was the first time since the replay system started this season that two calls on the same play were challenged.

Williams won his, Washington lost his. Rios was out and Andrus was late. They went into the bottom of the first still tied 0-0. It ended up not mattering, of course, as the Nats couldn’t do anything off Yu Darvish and the Rangers won 2-0.

You can watch the thrilling, scintillating excitement of a double replay challenge here.

  1. carpi2 - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Now, that was some replay excitement!

  2. baberuthslegs - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Saw natslady mention this earlier this morning.
    Thanks natslady.

    • NatsLady - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      yw. Everyone knew that one run was about all Darvish would need, so even though it was the first inning, it was crucial. Poor Roark, he needed to pitch a shut out. Not for the first time. He’s given up exactly one run three times and has two losses and a no-decision for his trouble.

  3. natstowngreg - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Gee, got to be witness to a bit of MLB history. For whatever that was worth (not much).

    From where I was sitting, I saw two managers going out to discuss with two different umpires, in two different parts of the field. Apparently, Matt Williams got to the plate umpire first, so Ron Washington had to chat with someone else.

    The announcement of the exact challenges didn’t happen until after two umpires donned the headsets. Though, by then, we had figured out the double challenge (and, that it was probably the first). As often happens, the Nats don’t feel the need to provide a timely explanation to those of us actually at the game. I imagine the same is true at other parks.

    In all the hoopla about replay challenges, and Rios’ baserunning mistake, an essential point was lost. In a tweet right after the replay decisions, Adam Kilgore nailed it. Elvis Andrus didn’t hustle to the plate. The video to which Craig linked shows it.

    • NatsLady - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      You didn’t have Charlie and Dave in your ear? I always do, bought a special headset that has a radio built in so I don’t have a lag.

  4. RoyHobbs39 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I was listening to this on Nationals radio. It was as if they were trying to figure out the plot to Inception. They were thoroughly confused.

  5. mikhelb - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    I guess they allowed the double challenge because considered it were two different plays, one being the tag/no-tag at second base, the other play being the tag at home, because per the rules only once can a single play be challenged.

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