- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two batters into Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Padres manager Bud Black wanted to challenge a play.

The umpires said he wasn’t quick enough.

The Dodgers scored three runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Padres 5-1, taking two of three.

It took Black several seconds to come out of the dugout after Yasiel Puig laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached when pitcher Tyson Ross‘ throw pulled first baseman Yonder Alonso off the bag for an error.

“I challenged and the first base umpire said, ‘OK,’ then they convened and they said they were not going to allow it,” Black said.

Black said he was told that Ross had already gotten back on the rubber and Hanley Ramirez was in the batter’s box.

“Like I told those guys, I thought the message was to get the play right,” Black said. “I don’t have a timer with me. But I thought I went out there in due time to issue the challenge.”

Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth didn’t agree.

“There is some judgment involved and there are some things that make it specific,” Culbreth said. “We had the play. Some significant time had gone by. They had been on the phone. I want them to challenge it if that’s what they need to do. That’s what we are here for. That’s how this thing is going to work. My thing is, if you come out, maybe we can put the brakes on it then. But if we can’t get you out there, then it comes down to the timely manner.

“To me, at some point, we had gotten out of the range of what was timely,” Culbreth said.

According to the rules of the new instant replay system, a manager must immediately inform the umpire whether he wishes to use his challenge. “If, upon such prompting, the manager does not immediately respond that he is using his manager challenge, then the umpire shall revoke the manager’s right to challenge any call relating to that play, and the club shall retain its manager challenge,” the rule states.

“This is a new system. There are going to be situations that arise with every game,” Black said. “There are going to be bugs to work out, and this is one of them.”

Replays shown on the local TV broadcast appeared inconclusive.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run double in the first inning and Dan Haren pitched six strong innings to lead the Dodgers.

Haren retired the first nine batters before Everth Cabrera singled to center leading off the fourth and eventually scored on Yonder Alonso’s one-out single to right. The run was unearned because Seth Smith, batting after Cabrera, reached on catcher’s interference by A.J. Ellis.

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