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Three arguments break out in Brewers-Nationals game

Jul 29, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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One play in the sixth inning of Sunday’s Brewers-Nationals game spawned three arguments with the umpiring crew.

The Brewers were up 3-2 and had the bases loaded with one out when Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki put down a squeeze that was handed by Washington’s Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez conceded the run and made the throw to first, but it was off target, forcing Steve Lombardozzi to stretch into foul territory to try to handle it.

I’ll let the AP take it from there:

First base umpire Tim Welke ruled Aoki safe, and Lombardozzi immediately began to argue while holding the ball in his glove. Seeing the argument, Cody Ransom then sprinted home. However, home plate umpire Mike Estabrook ruled time had been called and sent Ransom back to third.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke came out and argued with Estabrook that time out had not been called. Washington manager Davey Johnson and Lombardozzi were arguing with Welke at first at the same time while Ransom was complaining to third base umpire Laz Diaz.

Paul Schrieber at second base was the only umpire not in an argument.

None of the arguments proved successful. Ransom ended up scoring when Carlos Gomez hit a sac fly, making it a 5-2 game. The Nationals got out of the inning from there and came back  to tie the game at 7 against the dreadful Milwaukee pen in the eighth.

  1. randygnyc - Jul 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    FRod and axford gave up 6 earned runs in their 2 innings of work today. Both trying hard to NOT get traded.

    • shuusin - Jul 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      axford blew the save in the 8th and the 9th, does that count as two blown saves?

      • natslady - Jul 29, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        We researched it during the game. No. Because he was the pitcher of record to win the game, he blew his own win. So, he only gets charged with one blown save.

  2. natslady - Jul 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Wow, what a game!!!

  3. runteddyrun - Jul 29, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    BEAST MODE!!!!

    • kkolchak - Jul 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      The Beast is Back!

      Imagine how scary this lineup will be once Werth and Desmond are back. :)

      • delchef9 - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:28 PM

        WHO???? Oh wait….didnt he play for the Dodgers like 10 years ago??

      • dchillin - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

        @delchef9: you mad bro?? Who has the best record in the major and is still hampered by injuries? Thats right the NATS and i know you are at home pissing your pants in your mama’s basement at the prospect of having Werth where he belongs in the bottom half of the order doing work along with Desmond who is the MVP and heart of this ballclub. So shut your mouth

      • wethog66 - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:11 PM


        Leave that crap out of this, bud. Us Nats fans don’t need to talk shit like that. Leave that crap for Philly fans.

      • dchillin - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Your right your right, hadn’t had my morning coffee yet. Im just sick of the rest of the baseball world thinking guys like Moorse and Desmond are nobodys when they know damn right they would kill to have one of them

  4. tjg25 - Jul 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Just had to take another opportunity to say Laz Diaz blows.

  5. onbucky96 - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Ah, Bud Selig’s human element rears its ugly face yet again. Yes, Aoki was out @home. Time was attempted to be called by the catcher as Ransom was coming home. 3/4 of the way home the douchbag in blue said time had been called. By whom I have no idea.

    • myopinionisgarbage - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Ah yes. Computers and instant replay would have buzzed the 3rd base bag, letting Ransom know that time had been called (if it had). Good show! Jolly good show!

  6. kalinedrive - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Flash to Chuck Knoblauch arguing and pointing at the live ball while Enrique Wilson runs around the bases.

  7. qacm - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    That was a fun game to watch, but this play was a travesty for the umpires. Blown call at first, followed by a comically stupid decision to retroactively call time and send the runner back to third. If the umps are secretly trying to lose their jobs in favor of bots, they’re doing a pretty good job.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:31 AM

      The “time” call was actually by Laz Diaz at 3rd base – in the replays, which MASN tracked down because the announcers were thoroughly befuddled, too, as soon as Lombardozzi starts arguing with Welke, Zimmerman, who is pacing the line with Ransom, asks Diaz for time, as does Flores from home plate. Diaz, for some reason known only to him and God, raises his hands and calls time. Ransom is looking at home plate to see how far off Flores is going to get and he doesn’t see Diaz’s signal, then he runs. So, time was given at 3rd base and yet, none of the umps said anything, so only Diaz, Flores, and Zimmerman thought it was time out.

      First of all, Lombardozzi should have thrown the ball in or asked for time before he started talking. But most of all Welke is a damn terrible umpire if he couldn’t see that the ball was caught and both of Lombardozzi’s feet touched the base, and Diaz is a worse umpire for not making a clear signal that time was, indeed, out.

      This was a bad night for this whole crew, as you might have guessed. Not only were Diaz and Welke just plain wrong on this play, they both hosed various players on checked-swing calls. The home plate ump, Estabrook, was having a seizure the whole game, I think, as that is the only explanation for his strike zone, which ranged from tits-to-toes, but only at certain times even within one at-bat. There is a curveball from Veras he called a strike in the 10th or 11th that has to be the furthest strike out of any recognizable strike zone that I have seen this year. I would not have minded if the Milwaukee fans rioted after this one, if only to put a point on how comical the whole game was from an officiating perspective.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        Uusually, complaining about ball and strike calls is done by the losers, and should be ignored. However, I’d just observe that Mike Estabrook’s interpretarion of the strike zone was, shall I say, inconsistent for both teams.

    • tcostant - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      BTW – I agree it was stupid to give time, but it was far from “retroactively”. The Nationals MASN teams, showed Zimmerman asking the third base ump asking for time and granting it while the runner was a few steps past third base standing (i.e. not running). But I do agree time should have been given, but it wasn’t “retroactively”.

      • tcostant - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        I meant “Shouldn’t” have been given.

  8. tcostant - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    I’ve watched a lot of baseball in my life and I was watching this game on TV yesterday. I’ve never seem both managers are with two different umpire about two issues (I’ve seem manager argure the same play with the same ump, but this was way different). Moreover, both managers were right: 1- Lombardozzi had the base and should have got an “out” call at first. 2 – The 3rd base umpirer, should have never granted time, as the play was syill ongoing.

    Two managers, two umps and two bad calls. I think there is a movie in there somewhere.

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