Brett Lawrie thought he was safe on this attempted steal of third base. After replay review, the out call against him stood.
No one has yet convinced Brett Lawrie that he was out on his attempted steal of third base in the second inning Sunday.
No one has yet completely convinced A’s manager Bob Melvin that he should have had to forfeit his replay challenge when the replay did not go the A’s way, either.
Lawrie tried to take advantage of Angels’ third baseman David Freese setting up close to the shortstop spot as the Angels shifted weigh Ike Davis at the plate.
He seemed to beat the throw from pitcher Garrett Richards, getting a “safe’’ call from ump Greg Gibson before Gibson called him out for over-sliding the bag.
“I was safe,’’ Lawrie said. “I haven’t watched the video, but I’m 100 percent sure of that.’’
The A’s challenged the call on the over-slide. After a horrifically long delay of five minutes, 14 seconds, the out was confirmed – not on the over-slide, but on the original safe call.
The ruling was that Lawrie had been tagged by Freese on the right shoulder, a ruling that wasn’t immediately obvious on watching the replay.
Because he hadn’t challenged that part of the play, Melvin argued that he shouldn’t be penalized the loss of his right to challenge.
“There is probably still some debate on whether he got him or not,’’ Melvin said of the Freese tag of Lawrie. “The debate went on for a few innings. I wanted to see if I could get my challenge back. The (umpiring) crew is terrific. They did everything they could; they called back to New York. There has never been that precedent before. I credit them.
“I think what they are saying is that no matter what the challenge is, it’s the whole play (that gets reviewed). I did not get the challenge back. If I did, I would have brought it here with me (to the interview room.’’
Melvin had no problem with Lawrie’s decision on his own to try at steal third.
“It’s a pretty heady play,’’ the manager said. “No one is paying attention to him and the third baseman is quite a ways away. It took an absolutely perfect throw to get him. And then there is probably still some debate on whether he got him or not.’’
It was a big day for Lawrie, who made a tumbling catch on the bullpen mound in the fourth inning, and who singled to drive in the first of two Oakland add-on runs in the sixth inning. After a slow start to the season, his overall average is up to .291 after averaging .365 so far in June, 23-for-63.
“He was huge for us today,’’ catcher Stephen Vogt said of Lawrie. “With that unbelievable catch there, he’s the player of the game for us today. This whole year, Brett Lawrie’s been the same guy. Nothing has changed. Whether it’s four punch outs or hitting like he has been lately, he shows that intensity, always plays hard.’’
Lawrie wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I make a conscious effort for it to be that way,’’ Lawrie said. “There’s just so much baseball, so much time. Yesterday is one day, but today’s another day. I can’t let it bother me.
“I’ve been playing this game for a little while now. Stuff will bother you, but to let it linger, that’s something I’ve been working hard on. Every day is a new day and it’s just good to come each day into a clubhouse of fresh energy.’’