CINCINNATI -- For a brief moment, Brandon Phillips had his second home run in Monday's Reds-Pirates doubleheader nightcap. That was, until it was overturned by instant replay. In the fifth inning with Cincinnati leading, 4-0, Phillips ripped a first-pitch offering from Paul Maholm to the left-field corner near the foul pole. Third-base umpire Dan Iassogna ruled the ball fair. Phillips, who had paused momentarily between home and first base, was told to circle the bases and the traditional home run fireworks were set off outside of Great American Ball Park.
Not so fast. Pirates players on the field protested Iassogna's call and manager John Russell also came out of the dugout and asked for reconsideration. All four umpires, including crew chief Rick Reed, headed for the tunnel to review the play. Television replays clearly showed the ball was left of the foul pole and out of play. It took only one minute, 55 seconds for the home run to be wiped out. Phillips, who already had a solo homer that led off the bottom of the third inning, had to emerge from the dugout and continue his at-bat. He hit the next pitch from Maholm for a single up the middle.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.