Monday, September 3, 2012
Late-Game Appeal Play: Losing the Runner
An appeal play out call in St. Louis by 1B Umpire David Rackley effectively transformed a zero out, ninth inning rally attempt by the New York Mets into an impending save opportunity for the Cardinals and closer Jason Motte. With none out and none on, Mets batter Andres Torres hit a 3-2 cutter from Motte into right field for an apparent double. As subsequent batter Ronny Cedeno stepped in with none out and the game-tying runner on second base, Motte stepped off the pitcher's plate and threw to first baseman Matt Carpenter, who stepped on first base as Rackley ruled Torres out subsequent to Rule 7.10 (Any runner shall be called out, on appeal, when), explaining to Mets Manager Terry Collins that Torres had missed first base and was liable to be put out pursuant to 7.10(b) ("He fails to touch each base in order before he, or a missed base, is tagged"). Though replays from one angle (1st base camera well) suggest Torres' left foot may have touched first base, another angle (center field) is ultimately inconclusive, though both angles show Rackley moving to observe the touch/no-touch at first base. At the time of the call, the Cardinals were leading, 5-4. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 5-4.