Baseball History: Pirates Beat Giants with First Ever Walk-Off Replay Review (Video)
A little over a month into the 2014 Major League Baseball season, we have our first walk-off win…via replay review.
Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the San Francisco Giants and PNC Park. With the game tied 1-1 with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Pirates left fielder Victor Marte came to the plate and ripped a triple high off the right field wall. Then, when the relay to third base got away from Pablo Sandoval, Marte dashed home with a chance to win the game with a play at the plate—but home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott called him out.
At that point, with a chance to avoid going to extra innings for the second straight night—the Giants beat the Bucs 11-10 in 13 innings on Monday—Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle elected to challenge the ruling at the plate. And after the folks in New York spent one minute and fourteen seconds looking at the play, the Pirates were awarded the walk-off win.
Take a look:
If you follow baseball closely, then you know there will be some “purists” out there who will cite this situation as an instance of replay ruining the drama of the game. But those people are idiots. The umpire got it wrong, they fixed it, and it was still damn exciting.
Pretty awesome if you ask me.