NEW YORK -- Thanks to instant replay, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche was able to hit his 20th home run of the season against the Mets on Thursday.
With one out in the second inning and right-hander Aaron Harang on the mound, LaRoche hit a ball to deep left field. Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. climbed the left-field fence, but the ball went over his glove and bounced back onto the field for a double.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson believed the ball hit above the orange line on top of the fence, which would make it a home run. The play went under review, and after three minutes and 24 seconds, the umpires overturned the call and ruled that LaRoche hit a home run, giving the Nationals a 2-1 lead.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less