MLB In Full Bloom - The First Walk-Off Replay Reversal - 5/7/2014


For the first time, a major-league game ended on a walk-off replay reversal, with the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrated a 2-1 victory and the San Francisco Giants stunned that their six-game winning streak was over because umpires sitting in a New York studio saw something on a video screen that nobody in the Giants clubhouse could verify. The Pirates 2-1 victory over the Giants in PNC Park seemed already delayed, considering how difficult the Pirates have found it to come by early-season wins. So did it really matter that it took another 1 minute, 14 seconds, which was the time it took for replay review to reverse a call at the plate that would have sent the game into extra innings? It certainly did not matter to the Pirates. Starling Marte hit a triple in the ninth inning and was able to score on an errant throw. Marte was called out initially by home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott, but the call was overturned upon review. It was a walk-off triple, and an error, that allowed Marte to score.


  • Matt Wieters missed two games a couple weeks ago with what was called right forearm soreness, but he then went 7-for-14 over the next three days after returning to the lineup. So, nobody thought it was a big deal, right? Well, it turns out that it could be a huge deal. Wieters underwent an MRI on Monday and the results will be examined by Dr. James Andrews today. Believe it or not, but it's possible that Wieters could need Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligaments.
  • Robbie Ray earned the win in his Major League debut, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings as the Tigers defeated the Astros 11-4 on Tuesday. Ray was part of the packaged the Tigers received in return in the Doug Fister deal with the Nationals. He had posted solid numbers with Triple-A Toledo with a 1.53 ERA prior to his call-up.
  • Clayton Kershaw's nine hits allowed were offset by nine strikeouts and no walks in seven shutout innings Tuesday against the Nationals. Kershaw showed a bit of rust in allowing nine hits in his return from a back injury, but his 23 first-pitch strikes and nine K's helped him stay on track. He's now 2-0 on the season with a miniscule 0.66 ERA. he'll face the Giants in his next start Sunday.
  • Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a run-scoring double off Rangers reliever Neal Cotts during the Rockies 12-1 victory at Coors Field on Tuesday night. Arenado's streak is just one game short of Michael Cuddyer's franchise record 27-game streak, which was last year. Going into the seventh inning, Arenado was 0-for-2 with a sac fly, but he got it done. Much of the attention has been on Troy Tulowitzki and the video game like numbers he is producing, but Arenado has been special as well.
  • Michael Pineda (back) was reinstated by Major League Baseball on Tuesday and then immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back muscle. While under suspension, Pineda experienced soreness in the right side of his back while pitching in a simulated game, an injury that was diagnosed via MRI as a Grade 1 strain. He is expected to be out approximately 3 to 4 weeks. But, on Tuesday night.
  • Byron Buxton returned from the disabled list on Sunday and went 0-for-7. That short skid ended in the first inning on Tuesday in a big way. Buxton drove his first hit of the season over the left-field wall for a two-run home run as Class-A Advanced Fort Myers went on to a 4-0 victory against Bradenton. Buxton, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball and should advance quickly through the Twins system. He very well could be in New Britain this year.
  • Matt Williams witnessed a police chase while conducting a radio interview on his way to the ballpark Wednesday. Williams was on his phone giving an interview to 106.7 The Fan in Washington was interrupted when his car was rear-ended by another vehicle.  Williams remained calm throughout the process, telling the radio hosts that he was not injured while describing the scene unfolding in front of him.