The Cardinals used a rare appeal play to help them beat the Mets 5-4 at Busch Stadium on Labor Day. The Mets Andres Torres doubled to lead off the 9th inning, but he didn’t touch 1st base on his way to 2nd. The Cardinals Carlos Beltran saw the replay while taking swing in the indoor batting cage. Beltran ran to the dugout to tell his manager Mike Matheny. The Cardinals skipper then called for the appeal play. When Jason Motte threw over to 1st base, umpire Dale Scott indeed called Torres out for missing 1st base. So instead of a leadoff double, the Mets had one out.
Before the strange play in the 9th, the Cardinals had built a 4-0 lead, thanks to RBI’s from Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina and the first home run of the season by Skip Schumaker. Allen Craig gave the Cards a 5-2 lead in the 7th inning with an RBI single. Joe Kelly pitched into the 7th inning allowing just two runs to get the win and raise his season record to 5-6. Mitchell Boggs allowed a two run homer to the Mets Daniel Murphy to make it a 5-4 game, Matheny then called on his closer, Jason Motte to get the final five outs of the game. Motte did and earned his 33rd save of the season.
Here’s the Cardinals locker room reaction to their appeal play that worked in the 9th inning.