TEMPE, Ariz. – Lloyd McClendon didn’t think it was a big deal. He used the new system and it worked. End of story.
But around baseball, the use of instant replay has been a major topic this spring.
For the Mariners, Tuesday’s game at Tempe Diablo Stadium represented the first time it was available. And McClendon put it to good use in the Mariners’ eventual 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
In the eighth inning with one out and the bases loaded and Seattle down 5-3, Jabari Blash hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop that seemed like an inning-ending double play ball.
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Tommy Field picked up the ball and fired to second baseman Andrew Romine for the lead out. But Romine never handled the ball cleanly and it fell to the ground.
Second-base umpire Chad Whitson ruled that the runner — Tyler Smith — was out at second because Romine had the ball long enough to register the out.
McClendon went out and told Whitson and the rest of the umpiring crew that he was challenging the call. Umpire in chief Dale Scott went to the headset and notified fellow umpire Kerwin Danley, who was in the replay truck. After quick review, Danley reversed Whitson’s call, Smith was ruled safe at second and a run scored on the play. The whole thing took just over two minutes, and it helped change the game.
The Mariners used the new life to score two more runs in the inning and take a 6-5 lead. But no one really wanted to talk to McClendon about those two runs, just the replay. He seemed unimpressed with his accomplishment.
“I also told Trent we’d be talking more about this … replay more than we would about the game,” he said with a chuckle. “But that’s the way it is.”
• The Mariners cut 11 players from big-league camp on Tuesday morning. Left-handed pitcher Bobby LaFromboise, right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom, catcher Jesus Sucre, first baseman Ji-Man
Choi and infielder Carlos Triunfel were optioned to Class AAA Tacoma. Meanwhile, right-handed pitchers Logan Kensing and Matt
Palmer, left-handed pitcher Nick
Hill, catcher Mike Down and infielders Nate Tenbrink and Ty
Kelly were reassigned to minor-league camp. Players not on the 40-man roster are reassigned to minor-league camp, while players on the 40-man must be optioned to a minor-league team. The Mariners have 44 players remaining in big-league camp.
• Taijuan Walker is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session on Thursday. Walker had been shut down with bursitis in his shoulder and only began throwing again on Friday.
• Corey Hart was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with forearm tenderness from throwing. It was a precautionary move.
• Wednesday night’s game at Peoria Stadium against the Cubs will be Root Sports’ first spring broadcast.
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