Royals lose replay challenge, 1st in World Series
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has lost the first instant replay challenge in the World Series under expanded rules this season.
In the sixth inning of Game 4 on Saturday night, San Francisco’s Joaquin Arias was ruled safe at second on a pickoff attempt by Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
Yost hustled out of the dugout to challenge the call, which was upheld after a replay review that took 1 minute, 47 seconds. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg, the second base umpire, signaled safe.
“Our replay guy said, ‘Look, this is really close. It’s worth a try.’ It was the 6th inning, I think, at that point. You don’t have to anything to lose trying it,” Yost said in a postgame interview. “It wasn’t as close as he thought it was. When I looked up there you know, Wak said, ‘It’s really, really close. Let’s give it a shot.’ And I said, ‘All right.’ And I looked at the replay and I said, ‘That’s not close,’ but it was worth a shot.”
Fans in the sellout crowd chanted “Safe! Safe!” and signaled so.
Umpire Jerry Meals worked the replay booth in New York after serving as the plate umpire for Game 1.
Arias wound up being thrown out at the plate trying to score the go-ahead run later in the inning.
Kansas City Royals lost 11-4 to tie up the World Series at two games each. That means the series will go at least six games and return to Kansas City.
“We came into this game asking everyone to come in, attacking, going all out for each other,” said the Giants’ Hunter Pence.
Royals’ manager Ned Yost said he and the team were not discouraged by Saturday night.
“We got our tails whipped today, but it’s Game 4 of the World Series. We’re tied 2 -2, how much more fun can that be? There is nothing better in the world. I’ve never felt so good about getting my tail whooped in my life, because I’m sitting here thinking it’s Game 4. It’s tied 2-2. This is a phenomenal series. It’s exciting. It’s fun, and we’ve got another great game tomorrow that we get to play.”
In the locker room, the team was echoing their manager.
“We already forgot about it. This one’s in the books. There’s nothing we can do about it. They played a great game. They came back and were able to win and we just didn’t get the job done tonight,” said Mike Moustakas. “Besides that one inning, they shut us down pretty good. They were mixing pitches, commanding the zone. They did a great job.”