TEMPE -- In the first inning of their first game to test the new system, the Dodgers got a taste of the new instant replay system, and came out ahead against the Angels.
With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Mike Trout hit a drive to center field that got past a diving Yasiel Puig and rolled to the wall. Trout was waved home, but his bid for an inside-the-park home run was thwarted by a terrific relay throw by shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Puig threw to Ramirez, who turned and fired to catcher A.J. Ellis, who turned and tagged Trout as he slid in. Trout was called out, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia immediately argued. After a few minutes of discussion with the umpires Scioscia officially challenged the call, using his one challenge available in the first six innings of the game.
After 72 seconds, first base umpire and crew chief Gerry Davis returned from the dugout to announce the call was upheld.
Scioscia cannot challenge any other call via replay through the sixth inning. All replays from the seventh inning on will be initiated by the umpires.
The Dodgers will have replay available in four other Cactus League games: March 11 at Kansas City, March 12 vs. Arizona, March 15 vs. White Sox and March 16 vs. Colorado.