CINCINNATI -- The Mets had the Cuban Missile heading off course, until a replay review got him back on track.
Trailing 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Aroldis Chapman on the mound, pinch runner Eric Young Jr. stole second base and, and after Dilson Herrera walked, stole third easily, with Herrera also moving up, to give New York runners on second and third with one out.
With nothing to lose, Reds manager Bryan Price challenged third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez's call, claiming Young came off the bag after initially sliding in safely. After a review of one minute and 24 seconds, the original call was overturned. Young was out, Herrera lost credit for a stolen base -- which would’ve been the first of his career -- and the Mets’ threat lost steam.
“It certainly took a little starch out,” manager Terry Collins said. “It was real disappointing.”
Young couldn’t -- and didn’t -- argue with losing what would have been his 30th stolen base of the season. He credited third baseman Kristopher Negron for maintaining the tag as Young briefly lost contact with the bag after popping up from his slide.
“The third baseman did what you’re supposed to do,” Young said. “He kept the tag on. I clearly beat it, but our feet got tangled up. I didn’t want to risk an injury. You wouldn’t think he’d keep the tag on that long."