Steve did a good job recapping things last night, but let’s take another look at the controversial ending to last night’s game, in which the umpires handed a victory to the Cardinals that they hadn’t earned (yet):
ICYMI: The ending of last night's Reds vs. Cardinals game. pic.twitter.com/G1VjD4j18n
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 30, 2016
After discussing play with @Cardinals announcers it should have been a Ground Rule 2B. Poorly written rules. Nightmare scenario for MLB.
— Chris Welsh (@thinkpitch) September 30, 2016
Here are manager Bryan Price’s post-game comments:
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) September 30, 2016
Price should have challenged it. But the simple fact is that the umpires completely blew the call, then ran off the field. It’s ludicrous that they had the ability to get this call correct within a minute of the end of the game, but refused to do it.
MLB just said it was the wrong call, but Reds didn't ask for a replay in time. https://t.co/0IuGCJFaAM
— David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) September 30, 2016
Of course, the Reds might have lost anyway. And the game doesn’t mean anything to the Reds, other than the fact that we all love beating the Cardinals.
But what if you’re one of the other teams in the wild card hunt? If I’m the Giants, I’m seriously irritated today. Umpires refusing to do their job in St. Louis might ultimately cost San Francisco a spot in the playoffs.
Questionable non-call by the SEC officiating crew at the Reds-Cardinals game.
— Dayn Perry (@daynperry) September 30, 2016
Somewhere in Ohio, someone is blaming this on Joey Votto.
— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) September 30, 2016
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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