PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley's home run in the fifth inning of Sunday night's Game 3 of the NL Division Series was upheld after umpires consulted video replays of his two-out shot off Johnny Cueto. Utley's drive on an 0-and-1 pitch over the wall in right-center soared above the outstretched glove of center fielder Drew Stubbs and appeared to bounce off the mitt of a fan in the first row. After briefly consulting among themselves on the field, the umpires, led by crew chief John Hirschbeck, trotted into the visitors' dugout and into the replay room.More
After a delay of one minute and 13 seconds, they returned with Hirschbeck twirling his arm to indicate the home run stood, as did Philadelphia's 2-0 lead over the Reds. This was the second instance of video replay being invoked to clarify a borderline call on a home run in the postseason. The first instance also involved the Phillies and their starter in Sunday night's game, Cole Hamels. Alex Rodriguez's drive off Hamels in the fourth inning of Game 3 of the 2009 World Series was reviewed after it was ruled a double after striking a TV camera hanging over the wall in the right-field corner of Citizens Bank Park. In that instance, the umpires overruled the on-field call and awarded a two-run home run to Rodriguez for the first two runs of what became an 8-5 Yankees victory. Utley's home run traveled an estimated 378 feet and was his 10th career postseason home run, setting a new Phillies record by breaking his tie with Jayson Werth.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less