MLB Provides Clarity On Neighborhood Play From Dodgers-Padres Game

Jon SooHoo-Los Angeles Dodgers
Jon SooHoo-Los Angeles Dodgers

From Mat Latos being upset after only four innings of work to Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, there was plenty of frustration exuding from the visitors clubhouse at Petco Park after Thursday’s game.

The unhappiness was tied to a sixth-inning “neighborhood play” not going in the Dodgers favor. Mattingly challenged the call Chase Utley didn’t touch second base, though to no avail. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Major League Baseball said granting the Dodgers an out based on the neighborhood play wasn’t something that could be overturned via the replay process:

With Justin Upton being ruled safe at second base, he later scored with two outs in the inning on a Derek Norris RBI double. While it cut into the Dodgers’ lead at the time, the play didn’t necessarily result in a loss as the Padres won by three runs.

Adding to some of Mattingly’s frustration was second base umpire Chris Conroy telling the fifth-year manager he doesn’t believe in the neighborhood play. That of course didn’t sit well with Mattingly, who was visibly upset during his postgame media session.


Written by Staff Writer


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