The catch heard 'round the Rockies

Updated: September 28, 2009, 11:51 AM ET
By Buster Olney
There were no tangible advantages working in favor of Rockies second baseman Clint Barmes in the ninth inning late Sunday afternoon as he turned to pursue a looping fly ball that was supposed to ruin a Colorado lead.

The Cardinals' Ryan Ludwick had been the hitter, with one out and runners at first and third -- Ludwick, a right-handed pull hitter in a double-play situation. For Barmes, it meant, he mused Sunday evening, that he had moved closer toward the plate and was leaning to his right, thus making sure he would get to the second-base bag quickly enough to turn a double play if there was a grounder to the left side. And naturally, Ludwick reached out for a fastball, breaking his bat, and blooped a ball -- over Barmes' head, and a little to his left. "Off the bat, it was one of those in-between balls," Barmes said. "It definitely looked like it was going to drop."

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