Call stands after Cubs' challenge in ninth inning
Play at first ruled an inning-ending out, leaving two runners stranded
CINCINNATI -- The Cubs had scored four runs in the top of the ninth to lead by five, seemingly a healthy enough lead to sneak out of town with the victory, but that did not stop Cubs manager Rick Renteria from asking umpires to review the last out of the frame.
With runners moving off second and third, Ryan Sweeney grounded to short and was called out, seemingly by a hair, by first-base umpire Joe West. Renteria asked for the play to be reviewed, and after one minute and 26 seconds, the call was confirmed. The Cubs won regardless, 9-4.
Replays on the Great American Ball Park scoreboard suggested Sweeney's foot and the ball reached their destinations at precisely the same time. Had the call been overruled, the Cubs would have increased their lead to six runs and would have had the opportunity to score more, with a runner at third.
The Cubs have challenged 12 calls. They've won five and lost seven.