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PostSubject: The best home run EVER! (Long Article Included)   Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:42 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Omar Vizquel thought he heard Bengie Molina’s hit
land on the green roof above the right-field facade, so manager Bruce
Bochy retrieved the ball and showed the umpiring crew a bit of green
paint as evidence it was a home run.

Molina hit that two-run homer and didn’t score—part of a bizarre
sequence involving an instant replay reversal—and Dave Roberts’
10th-inning single Friday night gave the San Francisco Giants a 6-5
victory over the newly crowned NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

“Omar with his bionic ears—I don’t know how he heard it,” Bochy said.
“The umpires didn’t see it. It was hard to see. They said they all four
saw it the same. The ball came back with green on it. They did the
right thing. They got it right. That was huge.”

Tyler Walker (5-Cool pitched the 10th for the win, and Roberts drove in
Vizquel with a two-out single in the bottom half against Jason Johnson
(1-2). Neither Molina nor Vizquel were around after the 3-hour,
33-minute game to discuss the crazy situation.

“It was kind of like a twilight zone thing. It was a pretty weird situation,” Roberts said.
Series at a Glance

In the sixth, Molina lined the first pitch from Scott Proctor to the
roof in right and the ball ricocheted onto the grass below. Molina
stayed at first and Emmanuel Burriss rushed out to pinch run before
anybody could stop him, while Bochy hustled out to argue. After a brief
discussion, the umpiring crew headed to the replay booth in the hidden
umpire room behind home plate.

After about two minutes, they returned and crew chief Tim Welke
signaled the home run—the second time since baseball began using
instant replay that an on-field call was overturned. Dodgers manager
Joe Torre came out for an explanation.

“I was curious to see how long it would take,” Torre said. “I didn’t
have any problem with it. The thing that made it interesting was the
fact this wrinkle (Burriss) was added and made it longer. It was
lighthearted. There was no arguing.”

After a total delay of about 15 minutes, the crew ruled Burriss had to
stay in the game and he was credited for the run scored, prompting San
Francisco to play the game under protest.

“We conferred and decided to use the replay. We took a look and the
ball clearly hit the green part of the wall, which is part of the
ground rules that a ball hitting any part of the green thing it’s a
home run,” Welke said. “Bochy wanted to reinsert Molina into the game
but he doesn’t get another bite at that. We know the rules. Once a
pinch-runner touches a base he’s in the game whether he’s put in or
not. Bochy wanted to protest the game. You can’t go back and revisit
history.

“We informed the official scorer that the game was being protested. In
retrospect, he should have come out and discussed it before the
pinch-runner. There is a rule that covers pinch-runners and that’s the
one we went by. … The system worked and we got it right.”

Replay was used for the first time at the Giants’ waterfront ballpark.
There also was replay used Friday in the Nationals-Phillies game at
Philadelphia.

Molina’s shot tied it at 2. Pablo Sandoval’s third single of the game
in the seventh put San Francisco ahead and pinch-hitter Rich Aurilia
added a sacrifice fly in the inning.

James Loney led off the ninth with a home run, and pinch-hitter Russell
Martin added a two-run shot off Giants closer Brian Wilson, who picked
up his sixth blown save. But Steve Holm, Molina’s replacement, tied it
with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half as the Giants rallied to end a
three-game skid.

Jeff Kent hit a two-run homer for Los Angeles against his former club
in the fourth and further boosted his chances of making the playoff
roster on the heels of knee surgery.

Kent returned from the disabled list last Saturday, less than three
weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Torre is
leaning toward using the second baseman as a pinch hitter in the first
round of the playoffs because his running is limited. While Torre
believes Kent could physically handle playing the infield, he will be
cautious in making that decision.

Derek Lowe, lined up to start the opener of the best-of-five division
series for the Dodgers, pitched three scoreless innings. Lowe won his
final four decisions over his last six regular-season starts.

Torre played left fielder Manny Ramirez for 3 1/2 innings and he had
two singles. Torre gave third baseman Casey Blake the night off
entirely, leaving it up to Blake how much he’ll play the rest of the
weekend. Ramirez is scheduled to play Saturday then sit Sunday’s
regular-season finale.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre, right, argues with umpires Tim
Welke, left, and Bill Welke after San Francisco Giants' Bengie Molina
hit to right field was called a home run after reviewed in instant
replay in the sixth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday,
Sept. 26, 2008.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Jo…
AP - Sep 27, 12:43 am EDT

The Dodgers are 17-8 over their last 25 games in San Francisco. Jonathan Broxton blew his third save of the year.

This game marked the seventh time that replay had been used. The other
reversed call was on Sept. 19, when Tampa Bay’s Carlos Pena was awarded
a home run that was originally ruled a double. The system that allows
umpires to determine boundary calls went into use on Aug. 28.


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PostSubject: Re: The best home run EVER! (Long Article Included)   Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:42 am

I am sorry, but could someone give me a summary on this?
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PostSubject: Re: The best home run EVER! (Long Article Included)   Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:43 am

He hit the home run to tie the game, a 2 run home run, but never scored.
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PostSubject: Re: The best home run EVER! (Long Article Included)   Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:01 am

? I dont get base-ball.

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PostSubject: Re: The best home run EVER! (Long Article Included)   Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:36 pm

me too.weird sport.like cricket more.i somehow think cricket has some bits like baseball.

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PostSubject: Re: The best home run EVER! (Long Article Included)   Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:23 am

Did this go world wild?? or just america wild lol? Caz i didnt see it on the news over here.

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