ATLANTA - Aaron Hill kept the D-backs' big first inning alive on Saturday afternoon at Turner Field thanks to some old-fashioned hustle. After Hill was initially ruled out at first base, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson successfully challenged the call.
The D-backs earned their ninth overturned call in 19 challenges after the review deemed Hill safe at first. Gerardo Parra followed with an RBI single to make it a three-run inning for Arizona, which entered Saturday having scored three or more runs only twice in its past eight games.
The D-backs got to Braves starter Aaron Harang early thanks to two rare errors by shortstop Andrelton Simmons, plating two runs against him when Hill came up to the plate with runners on the corners and one out.
Hill hit a grounder to Simmons, who did not make another miscue, flipping the ball to second baseman Tommy La Stella, who fired to Freddie Freeman at first for what umpire Toby Basner initially ruled an inning-ending double play.
But Gibson ran out of the dugout to issue the challenge, resulting in a 53-second review that turned the call in Arizona's favor.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less