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The end of last night’s Royals/Cardinals game was pretty wild

Cardinals v Kansas City Royals

Cardinals’ Tyler Greene is tagged out at the plate by Kansas City catcher Humberto Quintero to end the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals on Friday, June 15, 2012, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Greene stole second and advanced to third on an error but was thrown out by third baseman Mike Moustakas. The Royals beat the Cardinals 3-2. (AP Photo/Chris Lee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


The end of last night’s game between the Royals and Cardinals was truly bizarre.

Jonathan Broxton entered the bottom of the ninth with a 3-2 lead and retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a two-out single to Tyler Greene. With Rafael Furcal at the plate as a pinch-hitter, Greene took off for second base. The throw by catcher Humberto Quintero was into the runner and shortstop Alcides Escobar was unable to track it down. As the ball trickled toward the outfield, Greene alertly darted for third base which drew an off-balance throw from second baseman Chris Getz. However, the throw sailed past third baseman Mike Moustakas and into foul territory. Greene then made one final mad dash toward the plate, but Moustakas made an accurate throw to Quintero, who applied the tag for the final out of the ballgame.

You can watch the thrilling play in full here.

The play at the plate was very, very close. After seeing multiple replays, I still can’t make up my mind on it. However, Quintero did an excellent job blocking Greene’s slide just long enough to convince home plate umpire Alan Porter that he applied the tag in time. And it took a perfect throw from Moustakas to even make it close.