BALTIMORE -- The Cardinals struck for a first-inning run off Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez on Saturday, but couldn't tack on another with the help of the expanded replay system.
Crew chief Jeff Nelson agreed to a review of a play at the plate involving Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday, who was trying to score from first on Jhonny Peralta's two-out double, which had already plated Matt Carpenter. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny asked for a crew chief review to confirm that there was no violation of Rule 7.13, which was written to help prevent home-plate collisions. In such reviews, the umpire also reviews the safe/out call.
In question, Matheny explained after the 10-3 loss, was whether Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph had straddled the plate while awaiting the relay throw from second baseman Jonathan Schoop.
"It was a big situation in the game," Matheny said. "It's really up to [the umpire's] interpretation at this point."
But after a review of one minute and 39 seconds, the ruling was confirmed. That closed the first inning and sealed the Orioles' 27th outfield assist of the season.
Because it was designated as a crew chief review, Matheny was not docked for using a challenge.
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