ICYMI: St. Louis Down to their Last Strike; Tie the Game & Take the Lead

Just ask the Texas Rangers – having the St. Louis Cardinals down to their final strike doesn’t even come close to ensuring victory. This was the case on Tuesday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates clung to a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, trying to snap their seven game losing streak. Two strikes on Matt Carpenter and he responds.


On June 26, 2001, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon took issue with some questionable calls made by first base umpire Rick Reed. After one of the calls, McClendon stormed onto the field, argued vehemently and was ejected. Instead of simply leaving, McClendon went over and pulled first base out of the ground and carried it off the field, eventually throwing it into the dugout.