The St. Louis Cardinals took care of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-1 victory last night.
Until the sixth inning, the Cardinals were being no-hit by Brewers starter Marco Estrada but fans following ESPN or MLB’s Twitter accounts had no idea that there was a no-hitter going for the SECOND GAME in a row.
Lance Lynn did not get the win (Trevor Rosenthal did) but had one heck of an outing. The Indiana native struck out ten batters on the night. In six innings, he allowed five hits, one unearned run, and walked two batters.
After hitting a deep line drive ruled foul by the umps but fair by the broadcasters, Matt Adams more than made up for the fiasco when he hit his 12th home run of the season–a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
Adams thought it was fair. Manager Mike Matheny and others thought it was fair, too. Unfortunately, it was not a reviewable play.
Tom Timmerman has comments from umpire crew chief Tom Hallion in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“We huddled together and we asked Chris what he had,” crew chief Tom Hallion, who was working at third base, said. “He said it was a bastard but he thought it was just foul. … We were looking for somebody who was conclusive, 110-percent sure that it was different than what Chris had called. We could not come up with that. It was a whacker of a play. Obviously, looking at it now on the replay it looks like it hits the fair-foul line. But when we get together and we huddle, we’re looking for 110 percent assurance that if we’re going to flip it that we can tell that it was the wrong call. With that type of play we just were not able to do that.
“From third base, yeah, I thought it looked fair. But I can’t convince the crew that that’s what it was. We had to stick with Chris’ call and die with it, basically. … Obviously we got the call wrong.”
Unlike other bad calls, at least this crew admitted that they made a bad call.
After Matt Carpenter broke up the no-hitter in the sixth inning on hit deflected by the pitcher, the Cards got on the board in the seventh inning when Daniel Descalso drove in Matt Holliday on a single.
The Cards finish up their series tonight against the Brewers before the Mariners visit for a three game set. You can purchase St. Louis Cardinals tickets here for this weekend’s games.