Replay unkind to Rays in two reviews vs. Yanks
Maddon loses challenge in fourth; crew chief look in ninth also denies Tampa Bay
NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Rays unsuccessfully challenged a call and had a crew chief review go against them later in their 6-3 win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
In the top of the fourth inning, with one out and Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe on second after doubling, shortstop Sean Rodriguez hit an RBI single to right field -- driving in Forsythe to make it a 2-2 game. Rodriguez, however, tried to stretch his single into a double, sliding headfirst into second, and was thrown out by Alfonso Soriano, with Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter applying the tag.
Rays manager Joe Maddon challenged the ruling, hoping to attain another scoring threat in the inning. After a review of 1 minute and 22 seconds, the call was confirmed and Rodriguez was the second out of the frame.
It continued the Rays' poor record of challenging this season. In their 29 appeals, only 10 have been overturned.
Replay again went against the Rays in the top of the ninth inning, when crew chief Ted Barrett initiated a review to determine whether center fielder Desmond Jennings was out -- as ruled on the field -- on a force play at second base.
With the Rays leading, 5-3, and Jennings on first after drawing a leadoff walk, designated hitter Ben Zobrist hit a grounder to Yankees first baseman Kelly Johnson, who threw to Jeter covering at second. The shortstop stepped on the bag just before Jennings slid feet first and, after a review of 1 minute and 12 seconds, the call was ruled to stand.
The Rays made it 6-3 later in the inning on James Loney's groundout that followed a throwing error by Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte.
Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.