The Milwaukee Brewers losing was the only normal thing that happened Thursday night in the NL Central.
Let’s start with the Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game. The contest was tied at 1 in the top of the sixth when mother nature decided to screw with all of us. A rain delay eventually led to the game being “suspended”.
In this case, “suspended” meant the game won’t be made up and instead ended in a 1-1 tie. Yes, that’s right, a TIE happened in baseball.
Tonight's game has been officially suspended & will not be made up.
MLB has deemed it a tied game. All stats from tonight will count. pic.twitter.com/YmIOsnyaxW
— Pirates (@Pirates) September 30, 2016
The tie doesn’t affect anything standings/playoff race wise. The Cubs already clinched a division title and home-field advantage throughout the NL postseason bracket. The Pirates already were eliminated from playoff contention.
The last time we witnessed an MLB tie was when the Astros and Reds did so on June 30, 2005 (the damn NL Central of course)…
OK, now for the other ridiculous NL Central game. The St. Louis Cardinals earned a huge walk-off victory against the Cincinnati Reds, albeit it wasn’t without a ton of controversy.
Yadier Molina was the hero for St. Louis, doubling in Matt Carpenter to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win. The problem here is Molina’s double should’ve been ruled a ground-rule double, which would’ve left runners on second and third and the game tied at 3.
By Busch Stadium rules, Yadier Molina’s walk-off hit should have been ruled a ground-rule double. Signage above green wall is beyond play.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 30, 2016
Reds left fielder Adam Duvall didn’t indicate to the umpires that the ball technically bounced out of play, and the umpires had already left the field before Bryan Price could challenge the play.
Unlike the Cubs-Pirates tie, the Cardinals-Reds fiasco actually made an impact on the NL playoff race. St. Louis kept themselves firmly in the Wild Card race (0.5 games out) with the controversial win.