Reds unsuccessfully try to chase down umpires to review Cardinals’ walkoff win

The Cardinals, fighting for a playoff berth,beat the Redswith a walkoff hit in the ninth inning Thursday night.Or did they?With Matt Carpenter on first base withtwo outs in a tie game, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a line drive into the left-field corner.Carpenterscored on the hit to give St. Louis a 4-3 win that moved it a half-game behind the Giants for the National League's second wildcard.MORE: Epic baseball umpire argumentsAs the Cardinals celebrated the win,Reds players stayed on the field as manager Bryan Price tried to chase down the umpires to challenge the play. Price was going to argue Molina's hit was, in fact, a ground-rule double because the ball hit a sign over the outfield wall. Carpenter would then have to return to third base. According to Fox Sports, Price and the Reds had a legitimateargument.By Busch Stadium rules, Yadier Molina's walk-off hit should have been ruled a ground-rule double. Signage above green wall is beyond play. Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 30, 2016MLB Network said Price came out of the dugout to challenge 34 seconds after the play but the umpires already had left the field.Price told reporters after the game he later talked withhome plate umpireBill Miller, whosaid, "I gave you 10 seconds. Nobody did anything. We went in."Umpires toldDerrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the Reds needed to make an immediate appealafter Molina's hit:#MLB clarification, from second talk with umps: The rule at end of game is for an "immediate" challenge by #reds. 10/30 rule doesn't apply. Derrick Goold (@dgoold) September 30, 2016Long after the fact, Miller acknowledged Daniel Norris Jersey his crew made a bad call (C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported third base umpire Scott Barry was the guilty party).Umpire Bill Miller: We did look at it. It appears that the ball hit above the fence. And hit the signage above the left-field fence. C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 30, 2016MORE: Updated major league standingsWho knows how the next scheduled batter, Stephen Piscotty, would have fared against the worst bullpen in baseball, but regardle s the ending is a bad look for Major League Baseball and could have serious implications for the Giants..@Reds skipper Bryan Price was le s than pleased with the way the game ended and thinks the end Lance Parrish Jersey -of-game replay rule is "ridiculous." FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) September 30, 2016UPDATE: Goold reports the Reds have until noon Friday to file aprotest with the comm sioner's office.Sporting News Media's Tom Gatto contributed to this report.