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08/16/09 7:31 PM ET
Pence's homer overturned vs. Brewers
Ball ruled foul after replay review at Miller Park
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- For the third time this season at Miller Park, Major League Baseball's instant replay system negated a called home run.
This time it was Houston's Hunter Pence, who followed Geoff Blum's three-run home run off Milwaukee's Braden Looper in the sixth inning of the Astros 8-5 win on Sunday with a high fly ball toward the left-field foul pole. The initial call from third-base umpire Ted Barrett was a home run, but three of the four umpires conferred for three minutes and 22 seconds to view the replay and Pence's fly was correctly ruled a foul ball.
Pence returned to the batter's box and flew out to center field.
It was the sixth use of instant replay in a Brewers game this season and the third at Miller Park, and all six calls have been overturned.
"I don't ever look at them, Pence said. "When I hit it, I thought it was going to be fair. It was fair and curving, so I put my head down and run and look at the umpire and see what he decides. I thought it was fair, but obviously not."
Five of the six instances affected the Brewers' opponents. Ryan Braun, who immediately disputed Barrett's call on Sunday, had a homer of his own overturned on July 29 against the Nationals.
Pence left no room for review in the eighth inning, luanching a two-run, go-ahead shot over the right-field fence to put the Astros in front to stay.