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DIAMONDBACKS 5, BREWERS 2 View from the other side Disputed call proves costly for Brewers

DIAMONDBACKS 5, BREWERS 2  View from the other side  Disputed call proves costly for Brewers
This is why many think instant replay in major-league Baseball for home-run calls only is a joke.

A blown foul/fair call by umpire Brian Gorman proved to be the decisive play in Arizona's four-run eighth inning Friday night as the Diamondbacks rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers before a sellout crowd of 42,810 at Miller Park.

The National Football League would not allow a game to be decided by a referee's blown call on a touchdown catch. There would be a challenge and the replay would correct the mistake.

The National Basketball Association would not allow a disputed three-pointer to decide a game. The refs would look at the video replay to see if the shooter had his foot on the line.

But MLB allows games to be decided by a blown foul/fair call by an umpire, unless a home run is at stake.

With the score tied, 2-2, and two outs in the top of the eighth, Arizona pinch hitter Tony Clark sliced a drive down the left-field line off reliever Todd Coffey that landed just to the left of the foul line. Replays confirmed it was foul but Gorman ruled it fair and Clark ended up with a two-run double.

Bill Hall, who unlike Gorman didn't have the advantage of looking squarely down the line, saw the ball strike in foul territory and began hopping up and down in anger. But there was nothing manager Ken Macha or the Brewers could do to make Gorman change his call, and the Diamondbacks had the help they needed to pull out a victory.

Arizona's rally started with two outs and no one on base. Carlos Villanueva walked Conor Jackson and Mark Reynolds followed with a single to center, putting runners on the corners. Coffey took over and had buzzard's luck from the start as Justin Upton tapped an infield single down the third-base line to score Jackson with the tying run.

Brewers lefty Manny Parra and Arizona right-hander Jon Garland gave little quarter in the early going. Jackson walked with two down in the top of the first and moved up on a wild pickoff attempt by Parra but Reynolds took a called third strike.

After Craig Counsell blooped a single to left to lead off the bottom of the second, Garland induced Bill Hall to bounce into a double play, beginning a string of 10 consecutive hitters going down.

That streak was snapped when Jason Kendall doubled to left with two out in the fifth but Parra went down on a called third strike.

The Diamondbacks finally broke through for a run in the sixth, with a little help from Parra. Felipe Lopez dumped a single into left field with one out and Byrnes followed with a double high off the wall in left-center, barely missing a home run.

Jackson struck out on a dandy curveball from Parra, who then walked Reynolds on four pitches to load the bases. Upton won a seven-pitch battle with Parra, taking a high 3-2 changeup for ball four to force in a run.

It was the eighth bases-loaded walk by a Brewers pitcher this season but Parra limited the damage to one run by retiring Chris Young on a fly to left.

The Brewers appeared primed to at least tie the score in the bottom of the inning when Rickie Weeks reached second on a throwing error by Reynolds and Corey Hart followed with an infield single. But Garland would have none of it, striking out Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder swinging, then catching Mike Cameron looking at a breaking ball for strike three.

Garland had no such magic in his arm in the seventh. Counsell led off with a double into the right-field corner and Hall chopped a ball over Reynolds at third to put runners on the corners with no outs.

Kendall yanked a grounder down the line to Reynolds, whose only play was at first base as Counsell broke for the plate and scored the tying run.

Reliever Tony Pe?a came on to face pinch hitter Chris Duffy, who sliced a single into left.

Byrnes charged the ball as Hall raced around third and threw with such force that he did a somersault. Hall barely beat the throw, deftly sliding around catcher Chris Snyder and swiping the plate with his left hand to score the go-ahead run.

It was only the fourth hit in 26 at-bats (.154) for Brewers pinch hitters and the first run batted in.

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