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July 7, 2014

What You Need to Know

Weekend Wrap-Up, 7/7

by Daniel Rathman


The Independence Day Weekend Takeaway
Some 24 hours before the A’s put the finishing touches on the summer’s first big trade, the team already on the field was involved in a replay-enabled controversy.

Setting the stage:

  • The Blue Jays and Athletics were tied 0-0 in the top of the second inning on Thursday, and Toronto had the bases loaded with one out.
  • Anthony Gose bounced to first baseman Nate Freiman, who attempted a tag on Munenori Kawasaki, the runner previously on first.
  • First-base umpire Vic Carapazza ruled that Freiman did not tag Kawasaki. This was important for two reasons: First, it meant that Kawasaki would eventually be safe at second; second, it meant tha, in Vogt’s mind, the force was still in effect at home.
  • Freiman threw to Vogt, who stepped on the plate, assuming that he’d retired the lead runner, Edwin Encarnacion. The bases were still loaded, but now there were two outs for Jose Reyes.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons asked for a review. In an odd twist, the skipper challenged that his own player, Kawasaki, ruled safe on the play, was actually out via tag. If reversed, that call would have eliminated the force at the plate. Since Vogt did not tag Encarnacion, the run would count, giving the Jays a 1-0 lead.

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