Out call confirmed after MadBum-Wong collision at first
Quick review shows pitcher got tag on runner before bumping him out of baseline
By Adam McCalvy
ST. LOUIS -- The first instance of replay review in National League Championship Series history was more hockey than baseball, and was settled before you could say "hip check."
In the seventh inning of what would become a 3-0 Giants win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong each converged on first base -- Bumgarner racing over to receive an underhanded toss from Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, and Wong trying to become the third Cardinals baserunner of the inning.
The baseball and Bumgarner arrived first, and in applying a tag, Bumgarner bumped Wong out of the baseline. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny challenged the out call.
"Just didn't look right," Matheny said. "It looked as if there may have been some contact made before he had the ball. And if that was the case, needed to have that checked out. You could tell the tag was made, but the base was definitely blocked. It was just whether or not he had the ball before he did block it."
After a 52-second review while officials at Major League Baseball's Replay Command Center in New York rendered a ruling, the original call was confirmed.
"The video shows I couldn't get to first base because he cut me off," Wong said. "I saw him coming and then I felt his shoulder go into my shoulder. I was standing there wondering if it was legal or not. But they [the umpires] probably made the right call."
"I wasn't sure what they were talking about reviewing the play," Bumgarner said. "I just knew I had a better shot at tagging [Wong] than beating him to the base. I don't know what they were reviewing, but glad it worked out in our favor."
Bumgarner stranded the two previous St. Louis runners and went on to work 7 2/3 scoreless innings for a Game 1 win.
It was the eighth instance of replay review so far in this postseason, and the first in the LCS round in either league.
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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.