CLEVELAND -- In the thick of a playoff chase, every out matters for the Indians. That was especially the case in a tightly contested tilt with the Tigers on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
That being the case, Tribe manager Terry Francona used a challenge to make sure the umpiring crew on hand got a critical call right late in the game, an eventual 4-2 Cleveland loss to Detroit. The out in question -- on a pickoff play in the seventh -- stood as initially ruled following a brief instant-replay review.
After shortstop Jose Ramirez drew a leadoff walk in the seventh inning, Detroit lefty Blaine Hardy snapped a throw to first base with a 1-0 count on Michael Brantley. Ramirez dove back into the bag, but first baseman Victor Martinez applied a swift tag for an out.
Francona immediately emerged from the home dugout and challenged the call by first-base umpire Tom Woodring. The play was then examined at the Replay Operations Center in New York, where they did not see enough visual evidence to overturn the call.
This season, Francona has gone 14-for-28 on managerial challenges.