Umpire provides a description of wild play in the Cardinals-Cubs


Chicago (AP) —Ampire Bill Mueller described the wild sequence on Monday when St. Louis beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2, adding a layer of drama to the Cardinals’ 16 straight wins.

A Cubs spokesman said it was rejected when asked for an explanation after the match on Sunday. Miller said there was a communication error with the attendant and the request was not relayed to the referee.

The play took place after St. Louis relief player Geobunny Galegos walked one in nine on the pinch hitters Austin Romine and Rafael Ortega.

Frank Schwindel appeared and third-base referee Gabe Morales called him for the rules of the infield fly. However, third baseman Nolan Arenado slipped trying to catch the ball, and when he landed on the infielder, the runner took off.

Arenado threw Paul DeJong, who covered third place, to the shortstop, and DeJong threw it to second place because he thought the Cardinals were a double play at the end of the game. However, there is no force out when the infield fly rule is called.

Ortega was tagged as second baseman and second baseman Tommy Edman, but was returned to second baseman.

“They throw the ball to second base, and this is where the mess comes in,” said Miller, the crew chief who worked on the plate on Sunday. “Second baseman referee Doug Eddings threw the ball to second base because he didn’t realize that infield fly was called. He called the man, Ortega. From first base, he called him in force play. is.

“Ortega thinks the game is over and leaves the base whatever it is, and now (Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt) is yelling at the person who tags the runner, so to that runner Before being tagged, Doug says “timeout”. “Timeout”, because he knows the runner has left the base because he called him. “

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt then came out on the field for discussion and was kicked out by Miller.

“Then, the discussion on Shield’s side didn’t understand that Doug called him in force play, so I thought he called the time prematurely so that he couldn’t tag.” Miller said. He left the base because Doug called him. “

After the victory, Shield called it a timing issue.

“Timing wasn’t on our side,” Shildt said. “Clearly admitted an exception. In most cases, they were fine.”

The ruling left the Cubs with runners on second and third bases. However, Galegos defeated Ian Happ, who was swinging to conclude the victory.


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