Q: Did the unexplained re-opening of the roof at Miller Park have any effect on Joey Votto’s ninth-inning, two-out, game- ending fly ball being caught by Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez? Conspiracy? — DAVE, MIAMISBURG/CENTERVILLE/BEAVERCREEK
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: When Derrick Robinson was thrown out at home plate Tuesday in Milwaukee, the replay showed he was safe. Isn’t the “rule” that if the ball beats the runner the umpire usually calls the runner out? — JOE, BEAVERCREEK
A: Robinson was out. You know why? The umpire said so. Replays, too, can be tricky — camera angles and all. That play was very close. But there is no such thing as an out call if the throw beats the runner A tag must still be applied and that’s why umpires wait so long to make calls, to make sure the defensive players has control of the ball. In Robinson’s case, he appeared to touch home with his hand just as the catcher tagged him on the batting helmet. Apparently the umpire saw the tag and not Robinson’s hand. He can’t look in two places at once.