“Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call on Jon Jayâs ninth-inning grounder, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a bizarre 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and a 2-1 World Series lead,” reports NJ.
In the extremely breathtaking final, the rare ruling against third baseman Will Middlebrooks allowed Allen Craig to score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
“I’m in shock right now,” St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina said after the intense game. Which is more, it seems like everybody at Busch Stadium felt the same after the mad-cap play.
“Tough way to have a game end, particularly of this significance,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
“You always at some point during the season, every year, no matter what, go through a rough patch,” St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright said after failing to earn his 14th victory.
“The good teams find a way to get out of that rough patch and find a way to get back to playing good quality baseball, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
“(They) gave me the lead three times and I blew the save three times,” Wainwright added. “I can be better than that, I will be better than that.”
“After an umpire’s call was the crux of Game 1 and a poor Boston throw to third base decided Game 2, the key play on this night combined both elements,” The Huffington Post writes.
“Molina singled with one out in the ninth off losing pitcher Brandon Workman. Craig, just back from a sprained foot, pinch-hit and lined Koji Uehara’s first pitch into left field for a double that put runners on second and third,” the publication adds.
Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction.
“With the defensive player on the ground, without intent or intent, it’s still obstruction,” Joyce said. “You’d probably have to ask Middlebrooks that one, if he could have done anything. But that’s not in our determination.”
“He was in my way. I couldn’t tell you if he tried to trip me or not. I was just trying to get over him,” he added.
Left fielder Daniel Nava got the ball and demonstrated a strong throw home, where Saltalamacchia tagged a sliding Craig quite in time. However, plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe and then pointed to third, making clear the obstruction had been called.
“I was excited at first because we nailed the guy at home. I wasn’t sure why he was called safe,” Middlebrooks said. “We’re all running to home to see why he was called safe. We didn’t think there was any obstruction there, obviously. As I’m getting up, he trips over me. I don’t know what else to say.”
“It’s things we’ve done throughout the course of the season,” Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen said. “If we’re down early, we just keep working.”