DENVER -- The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez could crack a slam-dunk joke after his two-run bloop homer to left field, which bounced out of the glove of the Padres' Cory Spangenberg in his jump ball with a fan at Coors Field, survived a replay review in Monday night's 7-6 Padres win."He
DENVER -- The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez could crack a slam-dunk joke after his two-run bloop homer to left field, which bounced out of the glove of the Padres' Cory Spangenberg in his jump ball with a fan at Coors Field, survived a replay review in Monday night's 7-6 Padres win.
"He made the catch, but when he was coming down, on video it looks like he dunked the ball -- like it was an alley-oop or something," said Gonzalez, whose homer off former Rockies teammate Jordan Lyles brought the Rockies within one run in the sixth inning.
Convinced the homer only happened because of interference by a fan in the front row, Spangenberg and Padres manager Andy Green believed it should have been a slam-dunk reversal for replay officials. However, it was allowed to stand because a review couldn't definitively determine the fan, rather than Spangenberg's impact with the wall, caused the ball to jar loose.
Green argued the decision with crew chief Brian Gorman -- the second-base umpire -- and earned an automatic ejection, the sixth of his career and first this season.
"You feel like the fool at the airport yelling at the flight attendant that your flight's delayed, because Brian didn't make that call," Green said. "It's not his fault. It's not [third-base umpire Dan Iassogna's] fault out there in the outfield. You're not going to make that call, but there's nobody to yell at about that call. I probably would have been smart to put the headset on and yell at [the replay officials]."
Spangenberg said he felt the fan hit his glove.
"I felt the ball go in my glove, and then all of a sudden when I was bringing it back I felt the ball change directions, which I don't think happens by just hitting the wall," Spangenberg said. "I think the replay says it all.
"[Robbing a homer] was an awesome feeling. I've never done that in my career. Obviously it didn't last too long."
"Seemed pretty simple to me," Green said. "I've had calls overturned on us plenty of times when a fan's fingers or hands are over the railing and they touch the players glove or touch the ball. Both of those things happened. Left hand touches the glove. Right hand literally spins the baseball in his glove while both hands are over the field. To me, that's literally the definition of spectator interference."
Gonzalez said he thought the hit "was going to go farther," and complimented Spangenberg for getting in position to make the catch.
According to Statcast™, it would be hard for Gonzalez to hit a softer homer.
It was Gonzalez's second homer of the season, but totally different from the first. That one, in an 8-3 loss to the Braves in the home opener, was measured by Statcast™ at 113.7 mph. This one was clocked at 96.7 mph. For perspective, just 11 of the 277 home runs hit in the Majors entering Monday had a Statcast-measured exit velocity of less than 97 mph.
It was also Gonzalez's second-softest homer since Statcast™ began tracking exit velocity in 2015. On Sept. 2, 2015, he lobbed one out against the D-backs' Matt Stites at 94.3 mph.
Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page. Owen Perkins contributed to this report.