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Crowd noise leads to Cardinals bullpen mixup

(BaseballStL) -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa loves going to his bullpen at anytime. 

In Game 5, La Russa brought in Lance Lynn with two outs and a runner on second and third base with the right-handed hitting Ian Kinsler at the plate in the 8th inning.

La Russa was surprised to see Lynn warming up and coming into the game because twice he called for Motte to start warming up in the bullpen and both times communication was broken by crowd noise. 

The first time only Marc Rzepczynski started warming up and the second time the miscommunication resulted in Lynn getting loose in the bullpen. 

Lynn, who was schedule to have the day off, was signaled to intentionally walk Kinsler on four pitches to load the bases and apparently buy time for Jason Motte to warm up.

After the intentional walk, La Russa went back to the mound to bring in Motte to face Elvis Andrus with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning.

“When I went out there and I saw Lynn, I was like ‘wrong guy,’” La Russa said. 

La Russa told reporters that had Motte been ready when he was expected he would have pitched to Mike Napoli in the 8th inning.  Napoli hit the go-ahead run in on a two-run double.

Motte would eventually strike out Andrus to end the inning.

by Scott Bierman, BaseballStL
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