Matheny: Umpire made the right call at the end

Matheny: Umpire made the right call at the end

Matheny: Umpire made the right call at the end

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 6:51 AM

(BaseballStL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals made it interesting in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

Trailing 4-1 in the last inning, the Cardinals began to rally after back-to-back singles from Matt Holliday and Allen Craig before the Cubs finally pulled the plug on their starter Jeff Samardzija after 115 pitches thrown.

Yadier Molina then greeted closer Kevin Gregg with an RBI single to pull the Cardinals within two runs. Mike Matheny elected to add speed to the bases and inserted Shane Robinson as a pinch-runner for Molina.

What came next could only be described as “frustrating.”

David Freese hit a grounder to second base for a routine double play, but Robinson appeared to break it up to keep the inning going after a hard slide into second base. Second base umpire Fieldin Culbreth saw it differently and called it a double play to end the game because Robinson slid out of the base path.

Matheny came out to argue the call as the Cubs players congratulated each other for a 4-2 win against the rival Cardinals.

“The explanation was that he had the right call,” Matheny said of his discussion with Culbreth at the end of the game. “The baserunner was out of the line. We teach the guys to go hard and play hard all the way through it, but he made the right call. It was just frustrating to see the game end like that when the guys are making such a good push at the end, but he got it right.”

Robinson didn’t think the play was as bad as it appeared.

“It’s a shame it had to end like that,” Robinson said. “I didn’t think I went too far outside to warrant a call, but it’s not my call to be made.”

It was a rough ending for the 44,139 fans in attendance to see an almost-comeback fall short because of a base running blunder.
 

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