Gennett laments double play that wasn't

Second baseman vows 'it won't happen again' after replay voids out

May 28th, 2016

MILWAUKEE -- It looked to the naked eye like a routine double play, just like the 50,000 or so others Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett figured he's turned in practices and games since boyhood.

Thanks to the modern rules instituted by instant replay, this one had a uniquely painful outcome. Gennett's foot lost contact with the bag just long enough to turn an inning-ending double play into a go-ahead run for the Reds in the ninth inning of Milwaukee's 7-6 loss at Miller Park.

"That one, the type of double play that was, it's just kind of one of those where you're like, 'Dang, that's kind of stupid,'" Gennett said. "But that's how it goes. That's the rule, and they reviewed it."

With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, the game was settled in a matchup of Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress, who was unscored upon in 20 of his first 23 appearances, and Reds left fielder Adam Duvall, whose three-run home run in the seventh off Michael Blazek capped a five-run rally and forged a 6-6 tie.

Jeffress appeared to win the battle when Duvall hit a grounder to shortstop Jonathan Villar, who shoveled the ball to Gennett for what looked like an easy turn. Both runners were out by a significant margin, and players retreated to their respective dugouts.

"Honestly, I thought I was on the base," Gennett said. "It's kind of how I've always turned double plays."

Reds manager Bryan Price credited his manager of video scouting, Rob Coughlan, for what happened next.

"He's the only one with that type of a look on the monitors, multiple looks," Price said. "He noticed that [Gennett's foot] was just barely off, but you have to go for it. Because we'd already burned our review, that turns it over to a crew chief review which Jim Joyce put into place and ended up defining the game, really."

And that methodology was Brewers manager Craig Counsell's beef. The Reds had lost their challenge way back in the first inning, but Price was able to ask for a crew chief review because it was after the seventh inning.

"They've basically set precedent that we should challenge every single call after the seventh inning," Counsell said. "Because there's nothing about that play that would suggest replay. Everybody's got their back turned, walking on to the next inning. It tells you that in the seventh inning, challenge as much as you want. It doesn't matter if you're out of challenges."

However, Counsell did not dispute the final call.

"We've certainly benefited from replay calls, so I'm not going to say it's one-sided," Counsell said, "but this is the whole can of worms we've opened up by changing the rules. This is the kind of stuff that's going to happen."

Gennett shook his head.

"That was just one of those where it was so routine, so easy, I kind of just got rid of it," he said. "I looked at the video that we had, the angle that I saw, it looked like it was close, but it looked like I was on there.

"But I'm sure they had some other HD, 4K, 4,000 frames-per-millisecond video that had my cleat coming off. Just kind of [stinks], but at the same time it won't happen again. Just got to make sure I remind myself to stay on for that split second longer."