Three umps in arguments at same time

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