Ninth-inning replay thwarts any chance at rally
Pedroia called out on bang-bang play; call confirmed after 47-second review
BOSTON -- The Red Sox lost a challenge Tuesday night, and with it, lost 2-1 to the Cubs at Fenway Park.
Dustin Pedroia grounded a ball toward third base with two outs in the ninth, a runner on first and Boston trailing by a run. Playing well behind the bag, Chicago's Luis Valbuena dove to his left to make the stop, got up in a hurry and one-hopped a throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo that beat Pedroia by just inches.
"I haven't watched it. I felt like I was right there," Pedroia said after the game. "It was bang-bang. I don't know."
Pedroia immediately turned toward the Red Sox's dugout with his hands raised. Manager John Farrell came out to talk with crew chief and first-base umpire Jerry Meals and challenge the play just as the Cubs began to celebrate. With the ability to challenge and one remaining, Farrell said he wanted to use "every opportunity available to us."
Following a review of 47 seconds, the call was confirmed and the Cubs celebrated.
"If [the umpire] calls him safe there, and it's going to be really hard to overturn, and if he calls him out, and it would be really hard to overturn," Rizzo said. "The call went our way, which is nice. We played a good game today. It's a bang-bang play, and I think he got it right, the replay showed."
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.