Righthander Jake Peavy was obviously frustrated after the first game of Thrusday’s doubleheader loss to the Rays. Frustrated as much by the Red Sox, 2-1, loss and his first loss of the season, falling to 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA.
But more so by Sox seventh-inning loss of a replay challenge which would have tied the game, dropping the Sox to 1-for-5 in video replays this season.
With the Sox trailing by a run with one out in the seventh and Dustin Pedroia on first base, David Ortiz banged a double off the wall in left-center. Pedroia was running all the way as third base coach Brian Butterfield waved him on. But the throw from Rays left fielder Matt Joyce to shortstop Yunel Escobar to catcher Jose Molina arrived at the plate at almost the same time as Pedroia, with Molina applying the tag.
The play was reviewed but the call on the field stood. Video evidence must be clear and convincing for the on-field call to be reversed.
Peavy believed the video provided just that kind of evidence.
“There’s no doubt. No doubt. I saw the same thing you guys saw, clearly on the replays,” Peavy said. “ I don’t know, I guess it can’t’be close. If it’s close, they’re going to seem to stick to the call. It’s hard for me to talk right now.
“It’s extremely frustrating. We as a whole got to get our act together, because this is a joke. It’s embarrassing for fans and everybody to see. Of course he touched the plate. He slid dirt over the top of the plate, got tagged after the fact.
“It’s extremely frustrating. Like I said, I don’t know what’s going to happen but something clearly needs to happen.
“I just don’t understand how you can watch replay and, what’s the hold-up. I just want explanations. ‘Oh, we didn’t have the replays that we got in New York.’ C’mon. Then we’re not ready for replay if that’s the case. And today when a call that’s obviously close – I understand, I’ll give it to you it’s close, but when you err on the side of what I think we all saw and that’s him touching the plate. It’s extremely frustrating when that decides ballgames.
“We agreed to replay to get the calls right. That’s the reason we agreed for this to happen. And to not get them right I don’t’ want to hear anybody’s explanation. I know what I see. You can’t talk me into anything different when you see what you see. Dustin Pedroia was clearly safe. Albeit close, but clearly safe. I don’t know what else to say.”
Peavy was a supporter of initiating the video replay system.
“I was,” he said. “Who isn’t supportive calls that decide the ballgame is what we tried to do. If these calls decide the outcome of the game, let’s get them right. I have no problems with slowing the game, even stopping the game for that to happen. When you go through that and you don’t get the call right, which has happened on numerous occasions against us, I don’t know how you want us to have a good attitude and be all for it.”
What can be done now?
“I don’t know,” Peavy said. “Call it like they see it. Get the call right, that’s what we can do. I don’t know if we’re trying to protect people or I don’t know what we’re doing. Yeah, get the call right. That’s what I thought was in place.”