A play in the sixth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers’ game
against the Washington Nationals on Sunday resulted in three of the
four umpires involved in separate arguments at the same time.
The Brewers led, 3-2, and had the bases loaded with one out when
Norichika Aoki laid down a squeeze bunt that was fielded by
Washington starter Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez made a quick, off-target
throw to first that forced Steve Lombardozzi to stretch into foul
territory and make the catch while Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy
easily scored from third.
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
Paul Schrieber at second base was the only umpire not in an