Renteria wins challenge on pickoff at first
After overturned call, crew-chief review confirms Ruggiano double in ninth
CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Rick Renteria won a challenge but came up on the short end of a crew-chief review in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Reds.
Catcher Devin Mesoraco was on first with one out and the Reds leading, 1-0, in the fourth inning. Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson threw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the pickoff attempt. First-base umpire Tripp Gibson called Mesoraco safe, but Renteria opted to challenge the play.
After a two-minute, 25-second review, the call was overturned, and Mesoraco was called out.
With two outs in the Chicago ninth, Justin Ruggiano hit a fly ball to right that bounced back onto the field, and was ruled in play. The umpires on the field initiated a review, believing the ball might have cleared the basket that rims the top of the outfield wall for a home run. At the time, the Reds led, 4-1.
But after review, the call was confirmed, and Ruggiano had a double. He was stranded there as Aroldis Chapman struck out Mike Olt to end the game.
"It didn't go into the basket -- it must have hit the fence and come back," Renteria said of Ruggiano's ball. "It didn't clear."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.