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Yadier Molina got ejected for arguing with an ump as a play was going on

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Bottom of the sixth, Cardinals have a 4-2 lead but the bases are full of Cubs. Miguel Montero at the plate. A borderline pitch was called a ball instead of a strike. The very next pitch, Montero hits a double to the gap. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is angry and argues, presumably about that last pitch.

Except he does it in the middle of the dang play while Cubs runners are circling the bases. Watch:

Seriously, the argument unfolds almost immediately, and is going on while Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler all come in to score.

I presume Molina has enough sense of the field at this point to know that there likely wouldn’t be a play at the plate and probably was still watching it unfold out of the corner of his eye. Still, this is pretty inexcusable all the same. he’s distracting the ump, who could be called on to make a call, either at home if a runner doesn’t touch or to help out at third base. He’s possibly signaling to Soler that there is no play at the plate as well, erasing any doubts in his mind if he or his third base coach had any.

I mean look at this:

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Mostly, though, it’s just unprofessional. If you have a beef with the strike zone — and he may have had a longstanding one that built with the game, I have no idea as I didn’t watch it — take your beef up when there isn’t a play unfolding. Molina was ejected here, and I don’t have any problem with it whatsoever. Not because he’s arguing balls and strikes, but because he’s literally getting in the way of a play.

Video: Jhonny Peralta hit a two-out, two-strike, go-ahead two-run homer to beat the Cubs

Jhonny Peralta, Pete Kozma
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Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta jumped all over this fastball from Cubs reliever Pedro Strop with two strikes and two outs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night at Wrigley Field …

Great call there by Cardinals television play-by-play man Dan McLaughlin. St. Louis would hold that 6-5 lead through the bottom of the ninth with closer Trevor Rosenthal picking up his 25th save of the season.

Jason Hammel leaves start with tight left hamstring

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Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel threw only 12 pitches in a flawless top of the first inning Wednesday night against the rival Cardinals, but Clayton Richard was spotted warming up in the bottom half of the first and took the mound in the top of the second. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has the reason

Hammel’s next scheduled start isn’t until after the All-Star break, so he shouldn’t miss a rotation turn. But the Cubs need all the wins they can get against the division-leading Cardinals and Hammel obviously gave them a much better chance Wednesday than Richard, who allowed two runs in his first frame. Hammel boasts a 2.86 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 105/18 K/BB ratio in 103 2/3 total innings this season for third-place Chicago.