Cardinals arrive in New York at 8:30 am after flight delay

St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Pham, right, is splashed with water by Michael Wacha after hitting a two-run home run off of Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Scott Kazmir during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 24, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)
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NEW YORK (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals did not arrive at their hotel in New York until 8:30 a.m. Monday after a flight delay that followed a nationally televised night game.

St. Louis' 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sunday night's ESPN game lasted 3 hours, 49 minutes, and ended shortly before 11 p.m. CDT. The plane taking the Cardinals to New York did not land in St. Louis on time because of weather, causing the team to remain in its clubhouse for several hours.

''I didn't hear the guys barking and complaining, which could have been easy to do,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''So it was impressive. Just you do what you do and show up and get ready to do it again.''

More delays were ahead: A late-afternoon storm meant the Cardinals' game at the Mets was unlikely to start as scheduled at 7:10 p.m.

When St. Louis first landed, Matheny thought briefly about heading straight to Citi Field.

''We had to come right by,'' he said.