Boston Red Sox playing game against New York Yankees under protest after controversial call in 11th inning by masslive
The Boston Red Sox are completing the second game of their four-game series with the New York Yankees under protest after a controversial call in the 11th inning.
With the game tied 1-1 in the 11th Matt Holliday stood on first. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a grounder to first base that Red Sox Mitch Moreland fielded and threw to second. Xander Bogaerts tagged the base for the first out and threw it back to first for the double play. Instead of continuing on toward second, Holliday made his way back to first and slid into the bag as Ellsbury ran through the bag.
Bogaerts’ throw appeared to hit off of Holliday before it rolled away from first.
Officials on the field called Holliday out at second and Ellsbury safe at first.
After speaking with Red Sox manager John Farrell, officials did a rules check. The call on the field was upheld. At that point, the Red Sox determined that they would play the rest of the game under protest. The review lasted four minutes and 59 seconds.
Red Sox pitcher Robby Scott ultimately got out of the inning as he forced the next two batters to line out.
Red Sox Play Game vs. Yankees Under Protest After Missed Interference Call update by bleacherreport
A missed interference call in the 11th inning led to the Boston Red Sox officially playing their game on Saturday against the New York Yankees under protest.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reported the Red Sox were finishing the game under protest.
The situation occurred in the top of the 11th inning when Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ground ball to Mitch Moreland, who threw to second base. Baserunner Matt Holliday turned around to go back to first base, causing the return throw from shortstop Xander Bogaerts to be off line.
Ellsbury was called safe at first on the play after the umpires went to the review booth to get clarification on the rule.
The score was tied 1-1 at the time of the missed call. The Red Sox would get out of the top half of the 11th inning without the Yankees scoring a run.
Under Major League Baseball rules, protested games occur when a manager alleges the umpires incorrectly applied the rules during a game. The manager must notify the umpires of the protest immediately after the play in question.
The Red Sox were leading the game 1-0 until the top of the ninth inning, when Holliday hit a solo home run off closer Craig Kimbrel to force extra innings.
Boston entered play on Saturday with a 4.5-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East.