Video: J.T. Realmuto turned his own two-run home run into an RBI single
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.