SAN DIEGO -- Twice in the first four innings on Monday night, instant replay helped Brewers starter Kyle Lohse keep the Padres at bay.
Lohse, making his first start in 12 days, had just walked a batter in the second inning to put runners at first and third with one out in a 1-1 game. Eric Stults, the opposing pitcher, dropped a bunt to the first-base side of the pitcher's mound for Lohse, who threw home to catcher Martin Maldonado for an out.
Padres manager Bud Black emerged for a word with plate-umpire Paul Schrieber before the third-base ump, Ted Barrett, initiated a crew-chief review of the play to ensure Maldonado did not violate Rule 7.13, instituted this season to lessen the instances of home-plate collisions.
After a review of nearly four minutes, the call was allowed to stand as called.
"Oh my gosh," Lohse said. "As long as they get them right, I don't mind [the delay]. It seemed like it took a little extra time to get some calls. … I understand they're looking at it from every angle to try to get the call right. I don't want to be out there too long, but I'd rather they get them right than they go the other way."
In the fourth, Lohse benefited from replay once again. San Diego's Chris Nelson was originally to have legged out an infield single after hitting a ground ball to second base, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke used his challenge and, after a review of only 36 seconds, the call was overturned.
Nelson's groundout sent the teams to the fifth inning with the Brewers leading, 3-1, in an eventual 10-1 win.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.