ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – “The St. Louis Cardinals just find ways to win.” It’s a line to be scribed hundreds of thousands of times after an improbable Cardinals victory.
And everyone will hear it again after last night’s walk-off against the Cincinnati Reds.
If you haven’t seen it yet:
Yadier Molina double hits off the MoLottery.com sign — above the left field wall — and Matt Carpenter scored from first as the play continued. The umps missed the ground-rule double, and crew chief Bill Miller admitted it after the game to Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold.
MLB rules, as unfair as they sometimes seem, state that on a game-winning play the intent to challenge must be immediate. The Reds did not have 10 seconds to show intent, as they normally would have on any other reviewable play.
So in a perfectly officiated baseball game, the Cardinals would have runners on second and third, with two outs.
And the Cardinals-hate train rolls on.
But who’s to say St. Louis wouldn’t have won even if the call was made correctly? Right-fielder Stephen Piscotty would have been next at the dish. He’s hitting a tremendous .492 this season with runners on third and two outs.
The Cardinals probably would have found a way to win.
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