Kicking off Monday’s Independence Day action, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun singled up the middle with two outs in the first inning against Nationals starter Max Scherzer. It was seemingly innocuous, but Nats manager Dusty Baker came out for a chat with home plate umpire Cory Blaser. The umpires conferred and crew chief Jeff Nelson ultimately ruled Ryan Braun out.
Why? Braun was to bat fourth, not third, in the Brewers’ lineup on Monday afternoon. Jonathan Lucroy should have been at the plate. Though Braun took the plate appearance, Lucroy was “credited” with a ground out without making a plate appearance. The inning ended, and Braun got to lead off the next inning. Braun would, appropriately, ground out to lead off the second.
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