Red Sox manager John Farrell wasn't pleased with how expanded replay malfunctioned in Saturday's loss. And Sunday night, a furious Farrell got himself ejected when the new system again ruled in the Yankees' favor.
This time, in the fourth inning, replay overturned an out call at first base on what initially was a double-play grounder hit by Francisco Cervelli. That would have ended the inning without any damage to the Red Sox.
Instead, Cervelli was called safe on review and the Yankees took a 3-1 lead in what became a 3-2 win. As soon as that happened, Farrell got in the face of umpire Bob Davidson, and he might have become the first manager ejected for arguing a replay verdict this season.
That frustration probably had been building over the previous 24 hours, thanks to a controversial call Saturday. In the eighth, Dean Anna slid into second with a double but took his foot off the base as Xander Bogaerts kept the tag applied. Farrell challenged the original safe call and was told it had been "confirmed" by MLB's replay office. Later, MLB admitted missing the call, saying it did not have the correct camera angle in time.
"There are a lot of questions that come up," Farrell said before Sunday night's game, "and really challenges the validity of the process that's being used."
Farrell was troubled by the fact that MLB didn't have the most conclusive camera angle -- the one the TV networks repeatedly showed in which Anna clearly was tagged with his foot off the base.
"Great question," he said. "And I don't have the answer. The reason being is that they didn't see it or they didn't have it. That's what leaves you scratching your head.