The Cardinals were in position to tack on an insurance run, leading 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning in last night’s game against the Brewers. The bases were loaded with one out for Yadier Molina, who hit a fly ball to medium depth right field. Brewers right fielder Gerardo Parra picked up some momentum and fired a one-hop strike to catcher Martin Maldonado, who tagged out Jon Jay with plenty of time.
The play was reviewed to see if Maldonado gave Jay a lane — the infamous Rule 7.13. Ultimately, home plate umpire Chris Conroy’s call was upheld and Jay was out, ending the inning. That wasn’t what kept Cardinals manager Mike Matheny out on the field in a discussion with the umpires, however. Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch:
“Their third baseman stood in front of our tagging runner and did jumping jacks,” Matheny said after the game. “That’s the first time I had ever seen that. I’m surprised the umpires didn’t see that, but if they would have, it would have been some sort of interference.”
Replays did show Gomez staring Jay down and shimmying as Parra made the catch. But while Gomez may have been in Jay’s sightline of the catch, he was not in the baseline impeding Jay’s path home.
Here’s video of the play, and you can see Gomez standing in front of Jay about 38 seconds into the clip.
The Cardinals ended up winning 3-2, and Matheny’s offense seems much ado about nothing.