Following review, out call at home stands

Following review, out call at home stands

CINCINNATI -- A crew chief review of a play at the plate on Saturday went against the Reds in the first inning vs. the Pirates.

With one out and a 3-0 Reds lead, Ryan Ludwick grounded to shortstop Jordy Mercer. Running from third base, Devin Mesoraco tried to score and tried to make a head-first reach for the plate around catcher Chris Stewart.

Mesoraco rolled around Stewart as he was tagged but collided into the legs of home-plate umpire and crew chief Jim Joyce, who called him out. Manager Bryan Price disputed the call and a crew chief review of whether Stewart violated plate blocking rule 7.13 commenced.

After the review, it was decided that Joyce's call stands.

Reds trainer Paul Lessard also looked over Joyce for several moments before the veteran umpire was able to continue.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.