Phillies file formal protest of game vs. Marlins

Phillies file formal protest of game vs. Marlins

Phillies file formal protest of game vs. Marlins
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Monday formally filed a protest of Sunday afternoon's 14-inning, 5-4 loss to the Marlins.

The play in question occurred in the sixth inning, when right fielder Hunter Pence was called out on fan interference after reaching second. A Phillies fan had reached over the railing in right field and obstructed Marlins outfielder Bryan Petersen.

The Phillies are contending that the replay rule was not properly applied. According to Major League Baseball, replay can only be used on plays involving home runs or potential home runs.

"We didn't feel that was the case in this case," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

After the game, umpire Joe West said that the Phillies asked for replay to determine whether Pence's hit was a home run, but Manuel adamantly denied then that such a discussion ever took place, and he did so again on Monday.

"It's bothering me, because I'd already been thrown out of the game, and it was already after that they got together and made the decision that I said anything at all about a review," Manuel said. "I wasn't arguing the decision, I was arguing that you're not supposed to have a review about a defensive play, as I understand the rules."

Another issue that irks Manuel is the assumption that Petersen would have made the catch, but nothing can be done to address that. Baseball rule 3.16 states that if spectator interference clearly prevents a fielder from catching a fly ball, the ball is dead, and the batter is out.

Amaro is not sure when MLB will make a ruling.

"We're just trying to do what we think is right, and we'll deal with the consequences after that," Amaro said.