Angels' loss stands as Scioscia's protest is denied

Angels' loss stands as Scioscia's protest is denied

Major League Baseball has denied the Angels' protest from Friday, upholding the team's 8-6 loss to the White Sox.

The play in question came in the first inning at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field. White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko hit a grounder to third with the bases loaded and none out. One out was recorded at home, and Angels catcher Chris Iannetta threw to first for a double-play attempt, but his throw pulled Albert Pujols off the bag.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia argued that Konerko was in Iannetta's throwing lane.

"I know we're filing [a report] with the league, and I think it's a very clear case in our favor," Scioscia said after the game. "The umpire set the parameter and told us that Konerko was running well inside the line. All of the umpires agreed with that. The dispute was not, 'Was he running inside the box or outside the box?' They all said he was running well inside the line."

That night, second-base umpire and crew chief Dana DeMuth said that the throw was too far off for the running lane to matter.

"[Iannetta] threw wild; Konerko going down to first was no way interfering with the play at first," DeMuth told The Associated Press. "Konerko no way interfered with the play at first, and that was our decision. It doesn't matter where he is running."

Evan Drellich is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.