LaRoche awarded first after Nats win challenge
Call overturned after Williams claims first baseman hit by pitch in fourth inning
BALTIMORE -- Nationals manager Matt Williams won an instant replay challenge in the fourth inning against the Orioles on Thursday night at Camden Yards.
With Anthony Rendon on first base and Adam LaRcohe at the plate, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen threw an inside pitch that was called a ball, but Williams went to home-plate umpire C.B. Bucknor claming that LaRoche was hit by the pitch and requested a review. After 58 seconds, the call was overturned, with runners placed on first and second.
It paid off for the Nationals, as Ryan Zimmerman followed with a single to center field, scoring Rendon to cut the Orioles' lead to 4-1.
"You could hear it. I heard it, anyway. I figured we would go out there and have another look," Williams said.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.