I loathe the St. Louis Cardinals, but they should have been credited with an eight-inning victory last night (make that, early this morning).
The Cardinals led the Royals 2-1 after eight innings. The Royals scored three runs in the top of the ninth before the rain started falling — hard.
Hours later, at 2 in the morning, the teams still were under a rain delay. The umps waited and waited and waited in order to avoid a controversy. Had they declared the game official, which they should have, Kansas City’s ninth-inning runs would have been taken off the board and the Cardinals would have been declared the winner.
The rules are there for a reason, and the rules say that if the field is unplayable for a long period of time, the umps can declare a game official anytime after four and a half innings (if the home team is trailing, the game would have to go at least five full innings to be considered complete).
Instead, the umps forced everyone to wait till the rain stopped so the game could go on. It finally ended, mercifully, at 3:14 a.m. Ridiculous, considering it could have been declared official at 11 p.m.
Yes, I understand why the umps did what they did. The Royals had lost a gazillion games in a row (sympathy factor), and the teams are not scheduled to face each other again in 2013 (no chance to continue a suspended game later).
But I don’t agree with the decision. In this situation, the Cardinals were right to lobby for an eight-inning called game. Not that they need another win, but they should have gotten one early this morning.