Gibbons loses challenge on close play at second

Gibbons loses challenge on close play at second

BALTIMORE -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons lost his challenge of a disputed call at second base during the ninth inning of Monday night's 5-2 loss to the Orioles.

With runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, Edwin Encarnacion hit a slow chopper to shortstop. J.J. Hardy fielded the ball and made a clean throw to second base for what appeared to be the second out.

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop dropped the ball while transferring it to his bare hand, but that happened after he touched second. Gibbons came out to argue the call, thinking there might have been an outside chance Jose Bautista beat the throw.

"I thought he might have got his foot in there," Gibbons said.

That wasn't the case and following a brief delay, the call on the field was confirmed. Danny Valencia then grounded out to third base as the game came to an end.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.