MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers had a key double play confirmed with a crew chief review on Thursday night, but it was what happened on the front end of that ninth-inning play that had Cardinals manager Mike Matheny still talking about it after his team's 3-2 win.
The contested play came with the bases loaded, one out and Yadier Molina at the plate trying to extend the Cardinals' one-run lead. He lifted a fly ball to right field, where Gerardo Parra made the catch and threw out Jon Jay as he tried to tag and come home. The umpires went to replay to make sure that there was no violation of Rule 7.13, a rule implemented to prevent home-plate collisions, and confirmed the out call after a one-minute, 22-second review.
While Matheny didn't have any issue with that ruling, he did remain on the field for several minutes asking third-base umpire Bob Davidson to gather the crew together to see if any of them had seen Brewers third baseman Hector Gomez interfere with Jay during the play.
"Their third baseman stood in front of our tagging runner and did jumping jacks," Matheny said after the game. "That's the first time I had ever seen that. I'm surprised the umpires didn't see that, but if they would have, it would have been some sort of interference."
Replays did show Gomez staring Jay down and shimmying as Parra made the catch. But while Gomez may have been in Jay's sightline of the catch, he was not in the baseline impeding Jay's path home.
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