Yadier Molina knocks out a RBI double for the walk-off win over the Reds. Or, was it a ground rule double?
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The St. Louis Cardinals needed to win their last game against the Cincinnati Reds to stay in the NL Wild Card race. By the end of the game, a controversial call - ground rule double? Or, a RBI double walk-off win by Yadier Molina.
After the celebration of the Cardinals and the fans, the team exited the field, as did the umpires as the game was announced completed. Reds manager Bryan Price, in a postgame interview, stated that he did not blame the umpires, as the MLB Rule states, a manager has 10 seconds after the play to request a review. He stated, if the phone from New York was ringing to alert the home plate umpire, the noise was at such a level, no way would it have been heard. He added there would be no protest due to being a MLB Rule; but, such a situation would be addressed in the off-season meetings. I believe, yet another Rule, he feels that needs to be changed. Price's interview:
I admire and respect his "calm" in the situation. No, the Reds have no stake in a postseason run; but, one wants the game to be called correctly. You decide. FYI ~ during a game there is the 10/30 second limit. A manager motions to the umpire for a "possible" review in the first 10 seconds of the questionable call. He then has 30 seconds to request a review; or, to dismiss further action. Game end there is no 10/30 luxury. Explanation of last night's ending.
Evidently, former Cardinals, now postgame commentator for Fox Sports Midwest, Al Hrabosky is unaware of the "particulars" of Busch Stadium; and/or forgotten about the game end 10 second rule for review. Either/or, he was very disgruntled in the outcome; especially pertaining to the NL Wild Card race. However, by the above information, the umpires are well aware of the MLB Rules. The Cardinals got the win to keep their postseason hopes alive and much needed energy re-instilled in the team.
Matt Carpenter slides into home for the walk-off win.
The Cardinals faced Reds Dan Straily. The Reds took the lead first against rookie Alex Reyes in his second with a RBI single by Tucker Barnhart. Straily's second, Jedd Gyorko sent a high flier for his 28 season home run with a solo shot to tie the game, 1-1.
Cardinals starter rookie Alex Reyes grounds out for a RBI in the fourth to take the lead.
FAMILY ~ THE MOLINA BROTHERS
And, Molina had his eighth homer this season with a solo-shot in the fifth. A member of Molina's family was up in the radio booth covering the game for the international crowd.
Molina's brother, Bengie, was in the booth with the Spanish Radio Broadcasting crew calling the game last night. And, for those who know Spanish - here's the commentary:
Come to find out, former Cardinals and FSWM commentator Rick Horton understood as Bengie was talking their father and a bit of baseball family history. At least, I must trust Horton's translation since I'm definitely not fluent in the language. Bengie, I believe, the walk-off win was for you, too.
CRAZINESS IN MLB BASEBALL
It was the craziest ending to a game I have ever witnessed; but, the Cardinals were deemed the winner. And, in Pittsburgh at PNC Park, Chicago Cubs being hosted by the Pirates. Their final game was called due to rain in the sixth inning, tied 1-1. A game ending in a tie has not happened since 2005 in the MLB. No, there is no full moon. The new moon phase does not begin until Friday, September 30.
Rain fell during the game, but the umpires did not call for a delay. Cardinals rookie Alex Reyes, not only with a RBI, but went 6 IP/1 ER/2-BB/6 SO for his night, but received a no-decision. As did Reds Dan Straily, 6 IP/3 ER/2-BB/7 SO. Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh got his sixth win; and, Reds Blake Woods was handed the loss.
THE LAST SERIES - THE LAST THREE GAMES OF THE 2016 SEASON
The Cardinals now host the Pirates to close our 2016 season. Cardinals Carlos Martinez (15-9/3.15 ERA) will face Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow (0-1/4.91 ERA). Martinez is 1-2 facing the Pirates with a 2.41 ERA. At home, he is 6-7 with a 3.87 ERA. Glasnow has faced the Cardinals once before, July 7, at Busch Stadium. He went 5.1 IP/1 HR/4 ER in the Cardinals 5-1 win handing him his one loss this season. He was sent back down after his second start in July and recalled for September. His four starts thus far this month have been no-decisions for the 23 year old. He pitches from the right and hits from the left.
These last three games are absolutely must wins for the Cardinals. Being one game behind the second place San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card race, they are in hopes the Los Angeles Dodgers will help their cause with a sweep over the Giants in the their last three games. The season is not finished yet; but, three very important games coming down to the wire.