In case you missed it, know that Wednesday was a wild, tight, fun baseball game to watch on SNY.
It started with the wind, which was clocked around 35 mph. It was blowing debris all over the field, which, though I'm sure it was terrible to play in, looked ridiculous on TV. The wind was so strong it actually knocked Travis d’Arnaud over behind home plate, he told reporters after the game. Cardinals starter Michael Wacha had his hat literally blown off his head.
The wind had a direct impact in the ninth inning. The Cardinals had two runners on, down two runs with one out. Daniel Descalso hit a ball off Kyle Farnsworth that drifted in to left-center field. Kirk Nieuwenhuis looked like he was being chased by a bee, while trying to track it down. The wind finally knocked the ball down, it bounced off the wall, Nieuwenhuis picked it up and threw to Ruben Tejada, who relayed the throw home.
Jon Jay already scored. Matt Carpenter rounded third. D’Arnaud got the throw from Tejada, Carpenter slid wide, d'Arnaud turned around and tagged Carpenter's right side before he could touch home plate.
“I still can’t believe I witnessed that," d'Arnaud said after the game.
I appreciate perfect execution. It's small, simple, we take it for granted, but given the conditions, it was great to see. They're professionals. We expect them to know how and do their jobs. But, precision is precision, and I enjoy it every time.
Speaking of precision, earlier in the game, Wacha had nine strikeouts in three innings. He gave up a single, two walks and struck out everyone else. It was equal parts amazing and scary. However, in the fourth inning, for whatever reason, Wacha lost control. The Mets scored two runs to take the lead, both on bases loaded walks. He went from looking like someone on his way to a historic game to being out of the game with 93 pitches in four innings.
The game wasn't pretty. But, it didn't have to be. Fun is fun.