ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – Andres Torres put the Mets in a great position in the ninth inning to at least tie the game -- and then crazy happened.
Torres represented the tying run as he stood on second base with no outs and Jason Motte on the ropes. Then Motte threw the ball over to first base as an appeal. It was then determined that Torres never touched first base on his way to second base. The leadoff double was not a double after all but rather it was a controversial out.
It was unclear whether Torres touched first base after the replay was broadcasted, but it didn’t matter once first base umpire Dave Rackley punched Torres out. It was a call that did not sit well with the Mets dugout as the players yelled when the umpires walked off the field after Motte closed out a 5-4 Cardinals win. To Rackley’s credit, he was directly on the bag as the play unfolded and had the best advantage of all.
Following the game, Mike Matheny told reporters that it was Carlos Beltran who noticed that Torres did not touch the bag. Beltran did not play in the game, but he might have been the best reason why the Cardinals won.
The win was crucial for the Cardinals who are in the thick of things at the top of the wild-card race.