The umpires for Sunday’s contest between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies had to use replay twice to confirm hits. They got the call right on both occasions, and Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is thankful for that.
The 24-year-old hit his first career grand slam in the top of the third inning off of Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay. Hechavarria crushed the ball to deep center field, but the umpires originally called it a double. However, after using the video review for the second time during the game they concluded that the ball had gone over the wall.
The first time the umpires had to use instant replay occurred in the first inning with the bases loaded as well. Miami right fielder Marcell Ozuna hit a fly ball to left field that bounced off the wall. Video review showed that the ball never cleared the fence and that the umpires, who originally ruled the call a double, were correct. The good news for the Marlins is that Ozuna was still able to knock in two runs.
Hechavarria’s home run on Sunday was the second of the season and the fourth in his career. The Cuba native suited up in 41 games with the Toronto Blue Jays last year before he was traded to the Marlins in a package deal on Nov. 19. He posted a .254 batting average with two homers, 15 RBI, eight doubles and 32 strikeouts in 126 at-bats in 2012.
Hechavarria appears to be struggling in the early going this year, as he is batting .197 with two home runs, 10 RBI and three triples in 61 at-bats. However, the grand slam could jumpstart his season and propel him to greater performances.