Somethings things can get a little fuzzy after a night on the town. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
If you thought you might be hallucinating during the eighth and ninth innings, sadly, you weren’t. San Diego dropped a tough one to the St Louis Bob Davidson’s 4-3 in front of 45,000+ red, white, and light blue clad fans. The loss snapped the Padres (57-63) modest 5-game winning streak. St Louis (64-56) jumped over Pittsburgh and back into second place in the NL Central.
Lost in the end game kerfuffle was another strong outing by Eric Stults. Eric surrendered a second-inning 2-run HR to Jhonny Peralta but otherwise kept the Cardinals in check. Stults worked seven allowing just the two runs. Counterpart John Lackey was tougher early, holding the Padres scoreless through five. San Diego tied the game in the sixth, however, while only hitting one ball safely out of the infield: walk, double (there it is!), walk, RBI ground out, infield fly, infield single, fly out. Not exactly tearing the cover off the ball, that, but hell it got the team even.
The game stayed tied until Bob Davidson took a hand. The Home Plate umpire appeared to get talked into changing a strike 3 call on Tony Cruz, to a foul ball, by Tony Cruz. Replays pretty clearly showed Cruz swung over the pitch. Of course he then immediately singled because, that’s baseball. The Cardinals loaded the bases with no one out off Alex Torres and then plated two as Jon Jay hit an RBI double/fly ball over a drawn in Will Venable. St Louis loaded the bases again with one out but Nick Vincent (Ramona) was able to work out of it.
In the ninth, a suddenly mortal Trevor Rosenthal could not find the plate consistently; when he did, the pitch was up and out over the middle of the dish. San Diego loaded the bases with one out, when pinch hitter Jake Goebbert singled sharply to right, scoring Yasmani Grandal. Alexi Amarista eluded catcher AJ Pierzynski’s tag, but Davidson called him out anyway. Replay was, unbelievably, inconclusive.
How Bud Black didn’t completely lose his mind at that point is beyond me, but he apparently lost it enough to get ejected from the game (although to be fair, arguing a play that has been reviewed is an automatic ejection). Rosenthal eventually struck out an overmatched Tommy Medica to end it.
Replay review gives Cardinals 4-3 win – Tom Timmermann (STL Post-Dispatch)
Cards get the better of Padres after wild finish – Jenifer Langosch (MLBAM)
Cardinals rally in eighth to beat Padres – Jeff Sanders (SDUT)
Padres begin road trip with streak-ending loss – Alex Halsted (MLBAM)
Buddy on non-strikeout/foul tip call: "I couldn't believe it." That makes a bunch of us.
— Jesse Agler (@jesseagler) August 15, 2014
Plus a whole shitload of tweets about the blown call at the plate. Too many to list.