Nats' win aided by Williams' successful challenge

Umpire conference thwarts Phils from additional run in first inning

Nats' win aided by Williams' successful challenge

WASHINGTON -- A successful challenge by manager Matt Williams helped the Nationals snuff out the potential tying run in Washington's eventual 3-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon.

In the top of the eighth inning, Phillies outfielder Ben Revere led off with a single off reliever Tyler Clippard before swiping second base. However, replay indicated second-base umpire Adrian Johnson may have missed the tag by shortstop Ian Desmond.

With the advice from bench coach Randy Knorr, Williams challenged the call. After a review of 46 seconds, the play was overturned and Revere was called out. The potential tying run was consequently erased, and the Nats went on to win, 3-2.

"We know [Revere] is going try and steal there," Williams said. "The throw took [Desmond] into the play. ... We called [the Nationals' video guys], we had trouble with the phone. Randy called and we didn't get anybody, and they called and they still couldn't get through. The third time, it worked. It took a little while to make the decision. They saw that Revere's hand got caught in Desi's foot."

The missed opportunity wasn't the only one for the Phillies on the day. A wild play in the first inning resulted in their first run, but an umpire conference prevented them from scoring another one.

With two outs and Grady Sizemore on first base, Marlon Byrd singled to left-center. Nats center fielder Denard Span fielded the ball and attempted to nab Sizemore at third, but his throw went wide, allowing Sizemore to head home.

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon then tried to cut down Sizemore at the plate, but his throw skipped into the Washington dugout to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg came out to question whether Byrd should be awarded home since he appeared to be touching second base just as Rendon's throw went wide.

After a conference to determine where Byrd would be placed on the bases, the umpires ruled that Byrd was to remain at third base. Darin Ruf flew out to center to end the inning.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Elliott Smith is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.