It's a read play not just on Castellanos' part, but also Avila on the other side of the ball. Together, they were reading the spin and communicating on what to do with the ball."
"As soon as [Kipnis] hit it, we were waiting for it to go foul," Avila said.
It did. Just as quickly as it rolled foul, however, it started to spin in the other direction. Nothing was going to send it back foul, Avila said, so they decided their only chance to try to grab it in foul territory was right then and there. Castellanos went to scoop it quickly, but it was too late.
"Literally, the ball didn't roll in our favor," Avila said.
Manager Brad Ausmus made a rare mound visit moments later, seemingly buying time for his replay coordinator, Matt Martin, to look at the play in the video room. However, Ausmus said, the play wasn't reviewable.
"Foul balls are only reviewable if they land on the ground behind the [base] umpires," Ausmus said Saturday morning.
What followed was indisputable. Michael Brantley hit an RBI single, Carlos Santana doubled in two runs with a line drive over J.D. Martinez's head in right field, then Brandon Moss greeted Alex Wilson with a three-run homer.
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