Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez on home plate call: ‘I knew I was safe’

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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez says he was safe after a call during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs that seemed to turn the momentum of the game.

In the second inning, Gonzalez was attempting to score from second base on a single by Dodgers rightfielder Andrew Toles. Gonzalez slid with his left hand appearing to touch home plate before Cubs catcher Willson Contreras applied the tag.

The play was challenged and upheld after a replay review. The Dodgers went on to lose the game 10–2, which even the series at two games apiece.

“I knew I was safe,” Gonzalez said. “We've got plenty of still frames that prove I was safe. Unfortunately, it turned into a trial, and they said there was not enough evidence.”

There was no score at the time Gonzalez was called out.

“There's so many parts of the game that change with a play like that,” Gonzalez said. “We take a lead against them right there, we could easily put their backs against the wall. But because of that, they got momentum and were able to beat us tonight.”

Game 5 is Thursday night, with Jon Lester taking the mound for the Cubs and the Dodgers going with Kenta Maeda.

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