Two challenges break Brewers' way
Blue Jays' Kawasaki called out on swipe tag at first; Tolleson out stealing second
TORONTO -- A pair of manager's challenges yielded opposite results in the Blue Jays' 7-4 win over the Brewers on Wednesday.
Toronto manager John Gibbons was unsuccessful in his use of a challenge in the bottom of the fourth inning after Munenori Kawasaki was called out on a play at first base.
With the game tied at 4 and one out, Kawasaki hit a grounder to the hole at shortstop and was called out after Jean Segura made a backhanded stab and threw across the diamond to first baseman Jonathan Lucroy.
The throw pulled Lucroy off the bag, but he swept his glove into the basepath to apparently tag Kawasaki before the runner crossed first. Gibbons came out to challenge the call made by first base umpire Phil Cuzzi, and after a two-minute, 30-second review, the call on the field stood.
Gibbons said based on what the Blue Jays video staff was able to see, Kawasaki should've been called safe.
"Looking back on the play, I guess on the big screen out there, it's tough to tell. But the info we got up top is they saw a few different angles, and they didn't tag him," said Gibbons. "We've had a few of those this year, those inconclusive types."
Then in the bottom of the eighth, with the game still tied, Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron came out of the dugout to challenge a tag play at second base and successfully overturned the original safe call.
After getting hit by a pitch, Blue Jays pinch-hitter Steve Tolleson attempted to advance to second with Will Smith on the mound and Kawasaki at the plate.
After a 2-2 pitch squirted away from Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, he recovered and fired to second, where shortstop Segura applied the tag to Tolleson's foot before he was able to reach base with a head-first slide. The call was overturned after a 45-second review.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.