Cubs-Pirates Game Ends in Tie, MLB’s First Since 2005 (Video)
A lot of people are saying the Cardinals got a huge break on Thursday night, when the umpires ruled that the Cincinnati Reds did not challenge Yadier Molina’s game-winning hit soon enough. If the umps had given the Reds a little more time, such people say, the call would have been overturned, the Cards might not have won, and thus might not be just one game behind the Giants in the race for the second NL wild card spot.
So the Cardinals got a good break. But they also had one taken away. In Pittsburgh, a soggy game between the Pirates and Cubs was called in the top of the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1.
How is that a bad break for the Cardinals? It’s a break because the Pirates are their opponents for the final three games of the season.
While it’s not uncommon for games to get called early when one team is winning, tie games hardly ever get called off, because baseball games are not supposed to end in ties. If nobody is winning when a downpour starts, teams usually have to sit around for a while to see if they can finish. And when it’s the final game in a series, it means teams won’t get out of town on time.
In this case, a long rain delay would have caused the Pirates to use up a bunch of arms and arrive in St. Louis much later than anticipated. And a tired, worn out Pirates team would have been very beneficial to the Cardinals, who desperately need a sweep.
Instead, the Pirates actually finished early. Since neither the Cubs nor Pirates would benefit from a win, MLB decided to call it a tie for the first time since 2005. The teams’ official records will show 161 games, but all the stats from the tie game will count.
Baseball can be a pretty weird game.
Hat Tip – [MLB]