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Controversial End for Cardinals

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Controversial End for Cardinals

As we near the end of the 2016 MLB season, we see very close races in both leagues for the WildCard spots in the playoffs. In the National League the St. Louis Cardinals are right in the mix of a battle for a spot in the postseason.

On Thursday night the Card’s found themselves walking off in controversial fashion and leaving the Cincinnati Reds scratching their heads.

In the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs and the winning run on first base, Yadier Molina hit a ball that bounced and hit the second wall out in left field.  The winning run would come all the way around to score and the Cardinals could celebrate. There is one problem though. The second wall in left-field means it should have been ruled a ground rule double and the game should have continued.

As the Cardinals celebrated a much-needed win in a heated WildCard race, the Cincinnati Reds dugout seemed to be confused.  After just  about a minute after the game had ended, Reds Manager Bryan Price exited the dugout to issue a challenge. One problem though, the umpires had already left the field and headed to the locker room. Price would rush down the tunnel behind them only to find out that the game was final according to MLB rules.

According to Major League Baseball, a team must immediately request a challenge or the game will be considered final.

Reds fans were angry and Reds manager Bryan Price was just as upset. He said that he doesn’t blame the umpires, he blames the rule that says teams must challenge Immediately to be allowed a challenge.

“It’s ludicrous … The San Francisco Giants, I imagine, they are going to be all sorts of upset about this one.”

The Giants may have been angry, but they took it out on their opponent as they beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2.  With just 3 games left the St. Louis Cardinals trail the San Francisco Giants by 1 game.  Let’s just hope for the sake of the Giants and the sake of MLB that this game ends up meaning nothing in the end.