With the game tied at 4 in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 3 of the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one man out and John Jay at the plate.
Jay hit a hard ground ball that was knocked down by Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia threw out Yadier Molina at home to save the game for the time being.
However, Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia then tried throwing Allen Craig out at third, but the ball went into left field, and as Craig was trying to score, Will Middlebrooks lifted his legs up tripping Craig as he was headed home.
Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately called obstruction, allowing Craig to score giving the Cardinals a crucial Game 3 win 5-4.
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This was the first time a World Series game ended on an obstruction call error, and only the fourth time a World Series game ended on an error of any kind.
The last time…Game 6 of 1986 between the Mets and the Red Sox (Bill Buckner).
As upset as Red Sox fans likely are at this call, the reality is the correct call was made. Middlebrooks blatantly obstructed Allen Craig’s ability to score.
This play ended a rough day in Boston sports with the Bruins allowing 2 goals in the final minutes to fall to the New Jersey Devils, and then this happens.
The Sox though get a chance at redemption tonight in Game 4. It will be Clay Buchholz squaring off against Lance Lynn.