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Pulli leaves game after four innings

October 15, 1997

ATLANTA (AP) _ Home plate umpire Frank Pulli left Game 6 of the NL championship series after four innings Tuesday night, saying an irritation in his right eye made it difficult to see.

Pulli consulted with NL president Leonard Coleman before leaving the game.

He was replaced by Charlie Williams, who moved behind the plate from second base. The change left just five umpires on the diamond, including Eric Gregg in left field.

The game was delayed for nine minutes while Williams changed into protective gear so he could work behind the plate.

Pulli, a 26-year veteran, was working in his seventh NLCS.

The late John McSherry was umpiring behind the plate in the 1992 NLCS when he left Game 7 in the second inning complaining of dizziness.

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