Cardinals' challenge gives way to big inning

Replay overturns call on Baez's tag of Carpenter at second base

Cardinals' challenge gives way to big inning

CHICAGO -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny successfully challenged a fifth-inning call Monday night that initially ruled Matt Carpenter out sliding into second base while tagging up on a flyout by Randal Grichuk.

After drawing a walk to lead off the inning, Carpenter tagged on the flyout to center field, and while sliding into second was slapped near the ankle by the glove of Cubs shortstop Javier Baez.

The call by umpire James Hoye was overturned after a three-minute, 26-second review.

Carpenter scored during the ensuing at-bat on a single to right by Matt Holliday, who also went on to score during the Cardinals' three-run fifth, lifting St. Louis to a 7-0 lead. 

"I applaud Carp's aggressive baserunning right there," Matheny said after the Cardinals' 8-0 victory. "That's a nice play and it would've taken a perfect throw, and almost did. It was almost a real nice tag, too. Fortunately, they saw that he didn't tag him and it worked out in our favor." 

Matheny's record improved to 12-17 in challenges this year.

Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.