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04/13/10 11:39 PM ET
Bruce's home run overturned by replay
Outfielder's blast down right-field line reversed by umpires
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Jay Bruce thought he had his first home run of the season for the Reds. That was until an umpire's review on Tuesday night overturned it. Bruce was batting in the top of the second inning of the Reds' 10-8 victory over the Marlins in 11 innings, following Jonny Gomes' three-run homer, when he drove an 0-1 Nate Robertson pitch to right field near the foul pole. The initial call from first-base umpire Larry Vanover was a home run. Marlins right fielder Cody Ross protested and felt it was a foul ball and Marlins manager Freddi Gonzalez argued. Crew chief and home-plate umpire Jeff Kellogg and two other umpires went inside to take a look. A five-minute delay in the game occurred during the review. Kellogg emerged and called it a foul ball. Bruce had to continue the at-bat against Nate Robertson and hit a single. "There was no argument. From where we were, we all thought it was foul," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It would have been a gift if it were a home run. The ball was so high, it was a tough call for the umpire. It was over the foul pole. If they had given us a home run, I would have been the happiest man in the world. So would Jay Bruce." It was the fifth time a play has been reviewed for the Reds since instant replay began in 2008. This was the second time it resulted in a call reversal. On Aug. 31, 2009, at Pittsburgh, Brandon Phillips had a homer taken away when the replay showed he hit a foul ball. Tuesday's review marked the first time a call had to be reviewed at Sun Life Stadium. "I thought it was foul from my vantage point," Robertson said. "It certainly didn't get over the foul pole, and I thought I saw it crossing the front, from my angle. That's a tough call for the umpire to make. But it's nice that we can go in there and review it. I really didn't think with a few more set of eyes seeing the video that it was going to hold up."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.