Bucs, Yanks each win challenges at second base
Pair of calls overturned by replay review in the fifth, seventh innings at Yankee Stadium
NEW YORK -- The Pirates and Yankees each won challenges in New York's 7-1 victory Saturday at Yankee Stadium, as a pair of calls at second base were overturned in the fifth and seventh innings.
The Pirates had runners on first and second in the fifth inning when it appeared Tony Sanchez was picked off second base. Sanchez started the inning with a single and moved to second on Jose Tabata's single. Sanchez, though, veered a little too far away from second base, and Yankees starter David Phelps wheeled and threw to try to pick him off.
Umpire James Hoye called Sanchez out, but manager Clint Hurdle quickly left the dugout to challenge the ruling. The call was overturned, as video replay showed Sanchez was able to get his right hand on the base before Derek Jeter applied the tag.
The Pirates, though, could not capitalize on Hurdle's successful challenge. Phelps recorded outs on the Pirates' next three batters -- Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez -- to keep the Yankees' lead at 3-0.
In the seventh inning, it was the Yankees who successfully challenged a call at second base. This time, Jeter made sure he tagged Sanchez, who began the seventh with a hard liner that hit off the right-field wall. Brett Gardner played the ball's one hop perfectly and threw to Jeter.
Jeter caught the ball with Sanchez diving for second base. Jeter appeared to tag Sanchez out, but Sanchez was initially called safe by Hoye. Jeter whipped his head to manager Joe Girardi and said one word to him: "Replay."
The replay showed Jeter using his glove to swipe Sanchez on the right armpit before he landed his slide. The call was soon overturned, as the umpires needed just 40 seconds to review the play and rule Sanchez out.
Nate Taylor is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.