Minutes after the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays at Fenway Park, a 2-1 loss, Dustin Pedroia had not had a chance to review the play on which he was thrown out at the plate in the seventh inning with what would have been the tying run.
He thought he was safe, sliding to the back part of the plate, getting his left leg in before Rays catcher Jose Molina was able to apply the tag.
Although he had not seen the play close-up on replay, he saw what was shown on the center field video board.
“When it happened during the game, yeah,” he said. “That’s why I was frustrated they called me out.”
With one out in the seventh, Pedroia, who had singled to lead off the inning, tried to score from first on David Ortiz’s double off the wall. Instead, he was called out on the throw from left fielder Matt Joyce to shortstop Yunel Escobar to Molina, with Molina applying the swipe tag as Pedroia tried to slide over the back side of the plate.
“I don’t really know what the rules are,” Pedroia said. “I just know if you plow the catcher, you’re ejected and out and fined and then suspended. So I think my job is to go as hard as I can to the back part of the plate and slide. And I did that.”
Manager John Farrell challenged the call, but after a review of one minute and 52 seconds, the on-field call stood. Replays must be conclusive to overturn an on-field call.
The Sox are just 1-for-5 on replays this season.
“Yeah, I think that’s a little frustrating,” Pedroia. “But there’s really nothing more you can say. I just don’t like the whole inconclusive deal. Replay, you should go check it out and you’re either out or safe. I don’t know what inconclusive means. Maybe that means someone doesn’t want to make a decision. We all make decisions every day. Some of them are hard and some of them are not. Got to make them though.”
Pedroia said he didn’t feel the tag by Molina.
“No. Should I go back there and touch [the plate]?” he quipped.
“I didn’t feel anything. Great baseball play. They made a great [play]. I got a great jump. They executed their relay. Just a good baseball play. It didn’t go our way.”
Pedroia said he is not sliding any differently given the changes in rules covering collisions at the plate with catchers.
“Not really,” he said. “Go as hard as you can, if you see a window where the plate is, just slide thru it. The game’s so fast, it’s tough for those guys to make the call and then replay. I’ll go look at it here. I don’t know.”
It wasn’t the Sox only chance, though. They were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. They left the bases loaded in the first inning, when they were able to score just one run off Cesar Ramos despite forcing the Rays lefty to throw 35 pitches.
“Yeah, we had some guys on,” Pedroia said. “We just weren’t able to get the big hit. It’s frustrating. But we got another one to play in a couple hours. So try to get after it and try to find a way to score some runs.”