Prince Fielder thought he had his second home run of the season. The umpires ruled otherwise, even after a second look.
Crew chief John Hirschbeck gathered his crew Friday for a video review of Fielder’s first-inning fly ball to center field, which struck the top of the wall and bounced back into play. The baseball appeared to disappear for a moment, but after reviewing the video the original call stood: Double.
Casey McGehee followed with an inning-ending groundout that stranded Fielder at second base and Ryan Braun at third. The Cubs headed into the second inning with a 2-0 lead.
It marked the sixth time that Major League Baseball’s replay review system was utilized in a game involving the Brewers and the first time that the original call stood. It was the fourth use of instant replay at Miller Park, and the first since a home run by the Astros’ Geoff Blum was changed to a foul ball last Aug. 16.
INSTANT REPLAY AT MILLER PARK
Date Batter Original call Ruling
May 13, 2009 Ross Gload, FLA home run foul ball
July 29, 2009 Ryan Braun, MIL home run triple
Aug. 16, 2009 Geoff Blum, HOU home run foul ball
April 23, 2010 Prince Fielder, MIL double double