NEW YORK -

Fredi Gonzalez has the same reaction every time he sees umpires putting on the headset to communicate with replay officials at Major League Baseball headquarters.

"Once you go into that thing, you don't know what's going on," Gonzalez said.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves' manager was still bemused by what went on the night before, when the Braves lost an out on a controversial replay reversal in the ninth inning of an 11-inning loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Though "neighborhood plays" -- in which a middle infielder swipes the bag with his foot -- are not supposed to be reviewable, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was ruled to be off to be the bag on a force play at second with none out in the ninth inning.

The runner heading to second originally was called out. However, Mets manager Terry Collins successfully lobbied the umpires to review the play by saying the Braves weren't trying to turn a double play because it happened on a bunt to third base by center fielder Juan Lagares.

Except after gloving the throw from third baseman Chris Johnson, Simmons whirled and threw to first, where he nearly doubled up Lagares.

"To say on bunt plays you don't try to turn double plays -- I tell you what, you can replay that one at first," Gonzalez said before the Braves' 8-3 loss to the Mets Tuesday night.

Gonzalez, who was ejected for arguing the overturn, albeit after a minute-long discussion with umpires, said he believed Simmons came off the bag before catching Johnson's throw but that he still didn't think the play was reviewable, even after Major League Baseball's explanation of the overturn.

Major League Baseball released a statement Monday night that read: "The replay regulations allow umpires to determine if they considered a play to be the neighborhood play or not, based on a variety of factors. Some of the factors they consider are the throw and if the player receiving the ball is making the turn. Umpires might consider whether it was an errant throw or if a player receiving a throw, who is not at risk of contact, made an effort to touch the bag."

Said Gonzalez on Tuesday: "There's a lot of holes in that statement. I mean, you've got to be kidding me. We could go so many different directions with that statement."

One way that statement could be interpreted? Gonzalez said he could see a manager arguing a play in which a middle infielder doesn't appear to touch the bag after the runner from first peels off halfway to second on a seemingly automatic double play.

"I thought it was pretty plain and simple -- you can't review neighborhood plays," Gonzalez said. "Now you're asking something else to go into play."

Gonzalez said he had no problems with the umpiring crew or Collins. "Good for Terry, damn, I'm going to have to find out how he actually got them to (review the play)," Gonzalez said. But he wished Johnson and Simmons hadn't been punished for a good instinctual baseball play.

"It was a beautiful play -- it was two guys making a bunt play and freelancing it," Gonzalez said. "That ball was hit hard (and Johnson said) 'I'm going to go to second base' and Simmons trying to turn it.

"It was a beautiful play that two guys kind of improvised. And it kind of got overshadowed over the interpretation."