Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/2/12
The Cardinals thought they actually got a hit against New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana Friday night, but they weren't really whining about the foul ball call made by third base umpire Adrian Johnson in the sixth inning when center fielder Carlos Beltran's liner down the third-base line appeared to kick up chalk. "I thought the ball was fair," said Beltran. "But at the end of the day, one hit doesn't make any difference in the ballgame. We needed to score runs and we didn't do it tonight." The Cardinals were beaten 8-0 in a game that wasn't quite as one-sided as the score might appear. Third-base coach Jose Oquendo disputed Johnson's call but didn't criticize Johnson afterward. "The ball hit the line," said Oquendo. "But there's nothing you can do about it. We didn't lose the game on that. "I know (Johnson) is doing the best he can." Manager Mike Matheny, frustrated by his team's recent slide (six losses in eight games), lamented that Beltran's drive, had it been a...
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