The Royals won 7-5 and a play by birthday boy Raul Mondesi is the focus of a protest Wednesday night by Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Royals manager Ned Yost was confident the protest will never stand because it’s a judgment call. Scioscia believes the umpires don’t understand a rule.
Scioscia protested after Mondesi ran inside the line on a bunt single in the seventh inning, which led to a throwing error and two runners scoring.
“It’s not a judgment call,” Scioscia said. “I would not have protested if I was not 100 percent correct on this. This is a misinterpretation of a rule. It was very clear. Phil Cuzzi, the home plate umpire, had Mondesi running inside the line in jeopardy the whole way and stated that it’s OK, because he was stepping back toward the bag, which is wrong. The question wasn’t if the throw impeded him or he impeded the throw. It wasn’t if he was running inside. It’s what I believe is his misinterpretation of the rule, given the guidelines that he gave me. There’s no judgement involved. He admitted that [Mondesi] was inside the line. In Phil’s head, he wasn’t in jeopardy, because he was stepping toward the bag, which is wrong. That’s the basis of the protest.”
Yost was not concerned about the call.