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Archive for Thursday, May 14, 2009

LaRoche, Gload lose home runs after replays

May 14, 2009

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Hey, Adam LaRoche and Ross Gload ... halt!

Soon after LaRoche became the first player to have a home run taken away following a video replay review, Gload lost one the same way Wednesday night when umpires reversed their call.

LaRoche wound up with a double for Pittsburgh at PNC Park. Gload’s pinch-hit drive was finally called foul at Milwaukee, and he eventually struck out. Both players had already rounded the bases when umps changed the original call.

LaRoche’s shot in the first inning struck either a railing or small protective screen above the 21-foot wall in right field. Both objects are in play, but first-base umpire Lance Barksdale signaled a two-run homer.

LaRoche, who had stopped at second, hesitated momentarily before rounding third and touching the plate.

Crew chief Randy Marsh, Alfonso Marquez and Barksdale watched the replay while Mike Winters stayed at home plate. Marsh quickly changed the call to a double.

About 21⁄2 hours later, Gload hit a drive in the sixth against Milwaukee toward the right-field corner. The ball cleared the eight-foot wall, and first-base umpire Bruce Dreckman called it fair for a two-run homer.

Gload rounded first and stopped about halfway to second while the Brewers’ Corey Hart and Prince Fielder argued and continued his trot after Dreckman signaled a home run.

Dreckman, plate umpire Gary Darling and second-base umpire Bill Hohn then went to the first replay in Milwaukee. They took just two minutes to determine the ball was foul.

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