Facing Brewers starter Wily Peralta with one out in the bottom of the second inning at Marlins Park on Monday evening, Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna got things going with a ground ball single to center field. Catcher J.T. Realmuto followed up with a two-run home run to center, breaking a scoreless tie.
Well, it was supposed to be a two-run homer. Realmuto passed Ozuna on the bases, which the Brewers saw and promptly challenged. The umpires reviewed the play and agreed with the Brewers, ultimately taking a run off the board. Instead of a two-run home run — which would have been his third dinger of the year — Realmuto was left with an RBI single. For scoring purposes, the first baseman was credited with a putout on the play. So, congratulations Chris Carter.
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In case you’re wondering how often a runner passes another runner on the bases, Retrosheet has a list. It happened twice last year and now six times total since the start of the 2011 season, so about once a year in recent memory.