8/15/2014 11:42 P.M. ET
Mariners win challenge in fourth inning
Safe call overturned at first base after review
By Matt Slovin / MLB.com
DETROIT -- The Tigers' Torii Hunter was ruled out after a review on a groundout in the fourth inning of Friday night's game against Seattle at Comerica Park.
Hunter hit a sharp grounder to Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor, who threw to first. Hunter was apparently so confident he was beat by the tag of Logan Morrison that he rounded the base in fair territory. After he realized first-base umpire Tony Randazzo signaled safe, he had little choice but to continue on to second, where he caught Seattle sleeping and beat the throw.
His bizarre two-bagger was taken away, however, after Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon challenged the call at first. A review of 59 seconds was all the replay crew needed to determine Hunter's instinct was correct -- he was out at first.
McClendon said after the game that the umpiring crew allowed him to challenge the close plays at both bases.
"I definitely saw the first out," McClendon said. "I wasn't sure about the second out. We just needed one, though, so we'll take the first one."
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.