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07/30/09 12:59 AM ET
Replay goes Nats' way against Brewers
Braun's homer reversed, but outfielder scores on wild pitch
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers slugger Ryan Braun saw his 22nd home run of the season turned into a triple on Wednesday after umpires employed instant replay at Miller Park for the second time this season. Braun's third-inning drive to center field glanced off Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan's glove and was initially called a two-run home run by second-base umpire Ed Rapuano. But the men in blue huddled and retreated to the tunnel behind home plate for a quick review. After only a minute or two, they emerged with a new call -- RBI triple. Braun scored anyway when Washington pitcher Garrett Mock let loose a wild pitch with Prince Fielder at the plate and the Brewers cut the deficit to 4-2. Milwaukee went on to win, 7-5, snapping a three-game losing streak. "It was the right call," said Morgan, Washington's speedy center fielder. "The ball was in my glove. The way I hit the wall, it [knocked] it out [of the glove]. I tried to make a good play. I expected to catch it, but I didn't catch it. I was there to make that play, it just didn't happen." It was the fifth use of instant replay in a Brewers game this season, and all five calls have been overturned. The previous four instances involved hitters from the other team. Brewers manager Ken Macha, who has spoken out against replay since it was instituted last August, said the umpires made the proper call. "We saw it. I think it was an obvious play," Macha said. "I think they got it right, and they put Braun at third. But I'm not going to change my feelings on replay." It was the second use of replay at Miller Park, both this season. The other was on May 13, when Florida pinch-hitter Ross Gload had a fly ball down the right-field line that was initially called a home run, ruled foul.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.