7/31/2014 3:33 A.M. ET
Fredi's challenge aids Braves' cause
Dodgers' Gordon erased from second base after replay
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez went 1-for-2 in challenges during Wednesday night's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
After second-base umpire Jerry Layne ruled that Dee Gordon successfully stole second base in the third inning, Gonzalez received word to issue a challenge. A review that lasted 61 seconds showed that Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella applied the tag on Gordon's shoulder before the Dodgers' speedy infielder touched the bag.
The ruling came with the game tied, 1-1, one out and Yasiel Puig up to bat. After Alex Wood walked Puig, Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to end the scoreless inning.
Gordon had increased his Major League-best stolen base total to 48 during the first inning. The overturn on the replay accounted for just the 11th time he has been caught stealing this season. Braves catcher Evan Gattis had thrown out just nine of the previous 42 opponents who had attempted to steal against him.
Gonzalez was unsuccessful when he rolled the dice on a second challenge late in the game, hoping to get a pickoff of Jordan Schafer at second base erased in the 10th inning.
That review lasted just 32 seconds, and the quick trigger on the challenge was likely a product of Gonzalez's frustration with Schafer's careless baserunning.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.