October 27, 2013

Tangled up in blue

An obstruction call in the ninth inning allows 
St. Louis to take a 2-1 series lead

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Allen Craig gets tangled with Boston Red Sox’s Will Middlebrooks during the ninth inning Saturday night in St. Louis. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction on the play and Craig went in to score the winning run. The Cardinals won 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

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Boston Red Sox’s Jacoby Ellsbury can’t catch a ball hit by Matt Holliday of St. Louis in the third inning of Saturday’s Game 3 of the World Series in St. Louis. With the series tied 1-1, Boston trailed 2-0 in the fifth inning. The game was not finished by deadline and details are available at www.pressherald.com/sports.

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Boston threatened again in the sixth. Shane Victorino led off with a walk. Pedroia lined out. Ortiz came up and St. Louis Manager Mike Matheny called on left-hander reliever Randy Choate.

Ortiz singled to right, sending Victorino to third. Nava was due up to face Choate.

Although Nava can struggle against left-handers, Matheny brought in right-hander Seth Manses to replace Choate.

Nava pounced on the first pitch, going the opposite way with a single to left, easily scoring Victorino, making it 2-2. Bogaerts grounded into a double play to end the rally.

Doubront pitched a 1-2-3 sixth and probably would have been good for more, but he was scheduled to bat in the seventh.

With one out in the seventh, the Red Sox sent up two pinch hitters – Middlebrooks for Drew, and Jonny Gomes for Doubront. Both flied out to center.

For the bottom of the seventh, Craig Breslow relieved Doubront and Middlebrooks entered at third base, with Bogaerts moving to short.

Carpenter hit a slow grounder to Bogaerts. He moved to it cautiously and then side-armed a throw in the dirt that Ortiz could not hold.

Breslow then nicked Beltran on the sleeve of his jersey, putting two runners on with Holliday coming to bat.

Junichi Tazawa was summoned to relieve Breslow.

Holliday reached down and smacked a split fastball down the left-field line for a two-run double. Holliday reached third on the play, with St. Louis leading 4-2.

Tazawa stranded Holliday on third with two strikeouts, a walk and a fly-out.

St. Louis brought in fireballing setup man Carlos Martinez for the eighth. Ellsbury singled and Victorino was hit by a pitch. A Pedroia groundout advanced the runners and Martinez intentionally walked Ortiz to load the bases.

Closer Trevor Rosenthal was brought in to face Nava. On Thursday, Rosenthal struck out Nava handily. But Nava hit a bouncer to second base. The Cardinals got the force at second and were too late to get Nava. Ellsbury scored.

Bogaerts hit a hard bouncer up the middle. Shortstop Pete Kozma could only get the tip of his glove on it. Bogaerts reached with an RBI single, scoring Victorino to make it 4-4.

Brandon Workman relieved in the eighth. He got into a mini-jam with runners on first and second with Holliday up. But Holliday flied to left.

Boston wanted Workman to pitch the ninth even though he was scheduled to bat in the top of the inning. He made his professional debut as a hitter and struck out.

In the bottom of the ninth, Workman struck out Adams but gave up a single to Molina.

Koji Uehara was brought in to face pinch-hitter Craig. On the first pitch, Craig roped a double to left field, putting runners on second and third.

Jay grounded to Pedroia and the excitement began.

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David Ortiz had his glove, needed his glove Saturday night for Game 3 of the World Series. With no designated hitter, Ortiz played first base and Mike Napoli was on the bench against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell argues with home plate umpire Dana DeMuth after St. Louis Cardinals scored the winning run on an obstruction play during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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The St. Louis Cardinals were celebrating just as the Boston Red Sox started arguing Saturday night. Allen Craig is at the bottom of the pile after scoring when an obstruction call was made, giving St. Louis a 5-4 victory in the game and a 2-1 lead in the World Series. The teams will play Game 4 on Sunday night.

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