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Was it a Ground Rule Double ? Reds Cry Not fair

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Sep 29, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) celebrates after hitting a walk off double off of Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Blake Wood (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-263016 ORIG FILE ID:  20160929_jfv_ac1_197.jpg

The National League Wild Card race got wilder Thursday night with the Cardinals winning a very controversial game 4-3 a game that depending how this weekend plays out could have a major impact on the wildcard race.

According to one published report here is what happened:

With two outs in the ninth inning, catcher Yadier Molina stepped to the plate with a man on first. On the 2-0 pitch, Molina lined a ball deep to left field. The ball bounced off the ground just prior to reaching the wall, and appeared to hit the area one of the advertisements just above the wall in left field. The runner on first base came around to score, and it looked as though the Cardinals won the game.

There’s actually some uncertainty as to whether the area above the left field wall is in play. According to some, Molina’s hit should have resulted in a ground-rule double.

Had the play been ruled a ground-rule double, the game-winning run would have only reached third. The Reds still would have had a chance to keep the Cardinals off the board and move on to the 10th inning.

They didn’t get that opportunity. The umpires ruled Matt Carpenter safe at home on the play, and began walking off the field shortly after the call. Reds manager Brian Price came out of the dugout and chased after the umpires, but the result remained.

After the game, the umpires explained that Price had run out of the time to challenge the play. As such, the call stood.

Now to you dear reader…

Take a look at the video and you decide, should it have been a ground rule double with a runner at third? Or show the call stand?


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