Rox Win Game-Ending Review in Spoil Texas’ 10th Home Opener – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Nearly 1,600 miles away, the finale was determined to end a home loss for the Texas Rangers.
Colorado manager Bud Black called for a replay late in the 10th inning after second baseman Brendan Rodgers, with new Rangers catcher Mitch Garver sliding hard towards him, made an errant pitch that allowed a race to score while taking away the chance for a late game double play.
After further scrutiny from MLB headquarters, it was a double play that ended the Rockies’ 6-4 victory over the Rangers on Monday.
“At first, I didn’t really think we were going to have the replay. Then I finally saw the replay, and I thought it was probably interference,” Rodgers said. “But in the heat of the moment I thought I had to rush a bit because I know (Adolis) Garcia can run a bit.”
After both teams had solo home runs in the ninth, Jose Iglesias’ fourth hit was a game-tying RBI single in the top of the 10th inning for the Rockies before Connor Joe added a home run against Greg Holland (0 -1), Texas’ eighth pitcher.
Garver walked with one out in Rangers’ 10th, then was forced to slide to second base as Rodgers’ throw was clear of first – allowing Marcus Semien to score from second and Garcia to rise from a base. Black’s challenge was issued by Colorado’s video coordinator.
“The rule is you have to get in the dirt before the base and you have to slide into the bag first and you have to be able to maintain the grip of the bag or touch the base. All of those things, I did,” Garver said. “Momentum carried me through the top of the bag. It’s a game of baseball, man.”
Umpire Bill Miller’s team manager, who relayed the replay’s final decision from the MLB office, told a poolside reporter that Garver did not retain possession of the base.
“And not only did he not keep the ball, but he went out of goal and made contact with the defender above the knee. That’s a two-term violation,” Miller said, adding that he didn’t. never had an ending like this.
According to the pool report, the replay center supervisor explained that it was determined that Garver failed to engage in a bona fide slide, while hampering and hampering the defender.
Texas manager Chris Woodward was visibly angry after the decision, and was frustrated that he couldn’t get an explanation and really couldn’t dispute the appeal.
“It’s more of a technical detail in the end,” Woodward said. “It’s really frustrating to lose a game like this. … There’s nothing we can do about it. We have to play better baseball, towards the end of games.”
Texas had a 3-1 lead heading into the seventh before Colorado scored in each of the final four innings.
The Rockies got unearned runs in the seventh on third baseman Charlie Culberson’s field error, and in the eighth on new shortstop Corey Seager’s pitch error away from first while trying to convert a double play end of round.
CJ Cron, who had a triple RBI earlier, led the Rockies to ninth with a 451-foot homer over the bullpen in left field to put them up 4-3.
Willie Calhoun beat Daniel Bard (1-0), before Ashton Goudeau worked late in the 10th for his first save after the lengthy review that ended the game.
“I’ve seen the replay a couple of times. This rule is in effect for that reason, for the protection of infielders. It’s really subjective. It really is. It worked our way,” said said Black, who landed his 1,001st career managerial job. victory. “But when you look at this game, there are a lot of different ways to look at it. It’s a tough decision, but it’s there and the referees have to make a tough decision.”
SEAGER HOME DEBUT
Seager had hits in all four games he played for the Rangers, who signed him to a 10-year, $325 million deal Dec. 1 before the 99-day MLB lockout. The two-time All-Star ejected a runner at the plate in the first inning, but also made a pitching error in the eighth that allowed the Rockies to tie the game. He was 1 of 5 and scored a point.
PLACES STILL AVAILABLE
The Rangers played their 51st home opener in Texas, and third in the retractable-roof stadium that debuted without fans in the COVID-delayed and shortened 2020 season. The first regular-season game played there was a 1-0 victory for Texas over Colorado. July 24, 2020.
With a reported crowd of 35,052 in the stadium with a listed capacity of 40,518, it was the first time since 1996 that Rangers’ home opener was not sold out.
A clash of starters in their season debut with new teams, although Texas southpaw Martin Perez is back with his original big league team. Right-hander Chad Kuhl starts for Colorado after pitching 100 games (84 starts) in his first five major league seasons with Pittsburgh. Perez played his first seven MLB seasons with the Rangers, then left in free agency for Minnesota for the 2019 season and pitched for Boston the past two years.