SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura repeatedly kicked dirt over home plate, screamed and pointed his finger at umpires during an epic protest.
And that was after he was ejected.
All Ventura and the White Sox could do was rant and rave after ending up on the wrong side of the latest controversial call under baseball's expanded replay system in a 7-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
San Francisco scored seven runs in the seventh inning after the replay official overturned an out call at home because they said Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers illegally blocked Gregor Blanco's path to the plate.
Ventura, Flowers and the rest of the White Sox believe replay officials need to have more flexibility when they apply the rule.
"If you look at the spirit of the rule of what they are trying to do and what it's actually doing it's a joke," said Ventura, who unsuccessfully challenged a similar call at the plate in Chicago's 3-2 win Tuesday night in San Francisco. "They don't take into consideration that the guy was out by a longshot."
With one out in the seventh, first baseman Jose Abreu fielded Joe Panik's broken-bat grounder to throw out Blanco by at least six feet. Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged the play, and umpires ruled Flowers' left leg was illegally blocking the plate before the ball arrived.
Blanco said Flowers was "definitely" blocking the plate. Flowers agreed, but said that's not the point.
"Apparently (replay officials) are interpreting this extremely black and white with no context," Flowers said.
San Francisco snapped a five-game losing streak as Jake Peavy (1-3) won for the first time since April 25 with Boston. Peavy had lost 12 consecutive decisions, the longest skid of his career.
Peavy's friend and former White Sox teammate, Jose Quintana (6-9), took the loss.
"Catching those breaks, feels like I haven't caught one on my day with any team I've pitched for," Peavy said.
Adam Dunn hit his 19th homer of the season into McCovey Cove in the fourth for Chicago's only run. It was one of just four hits Peavy allowed in seven innings.
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