The St. Louis Cardinals had fans on the edge of their seats in the 9th inning last night.
As the Cardinals held on to a 4-3 lead entering the ninth inning, I feared that Adam Wainwright‘s start would have been for nothing. Wainwright (3-1) had a strong outing going seven innings deep. The staff ace allowed 9 hits, 3 runs, and struck out 4 batters. Impressively, Waino has not given up a single walk or intentional walk in 29 innings this season. This feat is just as impressive as Jake Westbrook not allowing a single earned run to score this season.
The Cardinals were backed up, on the offensive side by a home run by Carlos Beltran off of Phillies pitcher Mike Adams. However, if there was instant replay in effect, Yadier Molina‘s 2-run double would have been a foul ball. The Phillies broadcast on CSN, which was picked up nationally by the MLB Network on Thursday night, replayed the ball touching down quite a few times. It was clearly a foul ball. Phillies fans have every right to be upset about that and I don’t blame them but this is where the human aspect of being an umpire comes into play.
This was how St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold put it shortly after it occurred:
Appears that Yadier Molina’s double was as foul as Carlos Beltran’s double vs. Santana last year was fair. Or vice versa. I forget #stlcards
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) April 19, 2013
The 9th inning saw back to back singles by Ben Revere and Erik Kratz. Revere took to third on the single by Kratz. Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen grounded out and advanced Kratz to second. With one out and runners in scoring position, 2007 National League MVP Jimmy Rollins struck out swinging. Two outs, two on, Freddy Galvis comes up to the plate and would end the game on a grounder to second. Cardinals Nation would breathe in a sigh of relief.