The Cardinals were already ahead with a 3-0 lead over the Brewers in the bottom of the third inning on Thursday. Randal Grichuk added to it, smacking a two-run homer to center field off of Brewers starter Wily Peralta.
It wasn’t an obvious home run, so Brandon Moss — who was on first base — hung around the first base bag to make sure he could tag up and advance if center fielder Keon Broxton could make the catch. Grichuk, watching the fly ball and not Moss as he ran to first base, actually ran past Moss which meant that Grichuk should have been called out and credited with an RBI single. However, the Brewers didn’t seem to notice, so the infraction went unpunished. Or perhaps the Brewers have finally embraced nihilism and just didn’t care.
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NEW YORK — New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil was carted off the field Thursday after crashing into the left field wall in the first inning to rob the Washington Nationals’ Asdrubal Cabrera of a two-run extra-base hit.
McNeil, a natural infielder who has been manning both outfielder corners for the Mets since last year, raced at full speed to the warning track and made an impressive lunging catch for the final out of the inning. He crashed into the wall with both arms extended and raised his glove hand as he fell to indicate he had the ball.
But McNeil was in obvious pain as he covered his eyes with both hands and yelled before flinging his glove off. He briefly tried getting up but only made it a few steps with a trainer and manager Luis Rojas before sitting back down.
McNeil was able to walk to a cart on the warning track before being driven off the field.
The Mets said in the fourth inning McNeil was still being evaluated and an update would be provided after the game.
McNeil, who has started at third base and left field this season, is batting .293 with seven RBIs in 16 games. He made the All-Star team last season and is a career .319 hitter in 212 games.
Billy Hamilton pinch-hit for McNeil in the bottom half of the inning.