B. Upton out at third after Giants win challenge
Stolen base in seventh inning overturned following video review
SAN FRANCISCO -- In the seventh inning of Monday's Braves-Giants game, Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton attempted to steal third base, and although he was originally ruled safe, the call was overturned upon video review.
After the initial safe call, Giants manager Bruce Bochy immediately came out of the dugout to talk with the umpire, and despite not receiving a clear signal from the dugout, Bochy elected to challenge the call.
"I knew it was bang-bang," Bochy said. "I'm waiting to get the call. When we got the call, they weren't sure, but at that point in the game, I've got nothing to lose. So I went ahead and challenged the call because it was that close."
Two minutes and seven seconds later, the call was reversed, helping the Giants preserve a tie before scoring three in the bottom of the inning en route to a 4-2 victory.
Upon watching the replay, it became clear that Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval tagged the back foot of a sliding Upton before he was able to reach third base.
However, Upton had a different take.
"I still thought I was safe," Upton said. "I don't know what evidence they had to overturn it. I guess they saw something different in the booth. It was hard for me to tell as the play was going on. But I still thought I was safe."
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez also thought Upton was safe when looking at the play on the AT&T Park scoreboard, but admitted that after seeing it a couple of more times, the umpires got it right.
"From what I've seen in [the clubhouse], it looks like they got the right call," Gonzalez said. "That's what replay is for. It hurts a little bit, but in the end, that is why it is there."