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Missed call, 'ridiculous' replay rule aids Cardinals walk-off win

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The St. Louis Cardinals got a much-needed win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night in St. Louis, but their walk-off win was aided by a blown call and an odd challenge rule that gave little chance for umpires to get the call right.

The scene was this: tied 2-2 in the ninth inning with two outs and Matt Carpenter on first base, catcher Yadier Molina hit a double to left field, scoring Carpenter from first base with the winning run.

With the win, the Cardinals (83-76) pulled to within a half-game of the San Francisco Giants (83-75) for the second National League Wild Card spot. The Giants are playing at home Thursday night against the Colorado Rockies.

But that double off the wall by Molina wasn’t actually off the wall. It hit the MOLottery.com sign above and behind the wall and should have been a ground rule double, which would have, at least temporarily, kept Carpenter at third base in a tie game.

The umpires left the field, and the game was over without a protest from the Reds. But it wasn’t for lack of trying by manager Bryan Price.

The idea that a call for review has to be immediate seems ridiculous when during the game there is time allotted for questionable plays for a team’s video review coordinator to review the play to see whether the team wants to challenge.

The umpires for their part seem to realize, after the fact, they got the call wrong.

Price called the replay rule “ridiculous”:

Should the Cardinals beat out the Giants, or Mets, by a game for one of the Wild Card spots, or if this allows St. Louis into some sort of a tiebreaker, this call will be remembered for a long time.