Umpire’s Call Gives Cardinals Win over Red Sox in Game 3 of World Series

There were men on second and third and one out in the bottom of the ninth. The score was tied at 4 to 4, when Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, pitched to the Cardinals’ Jon Jay. Jay hit a grounder between Uehara and Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia made a diving catch, and bounced back up to throw to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia well in time for him to tag the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina for the second of the inning.

Saltalamacchia, seeing the Cardinals’ Allen Craig running to third base on the play, threw to Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. However, the ball was thrown inches past Middlebrooks outstretched glove, and hit a sliding Craig in the arm pit and caroming into the left field foul territory. Craig’s momentum upended Middlebrooks, who landed on his stomach with his feet in the air.

Craig was sent home by the Cardinals’ third base coach, José Oquendo, but as Craig tried to get up he tripped over Middlebrooks’ legs and stumbled back to the ground. Craig scrambled to his feet, and headed home. The incoming throw was well in time for Saltalamacchia to make the tag, which he did, but the home plate umpire, Greg Gibson, ruled that MIddlebrooks had obstructed the runner, and gave Craig and the Cardinals the run — and the win.

Please read Paul Doyle’s in-depth game story here. And for Jeff Jacobs view on the strange way to end a game, click on his column here.

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig, 21, stumbles over Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, 16, as he heads to the plate. The the Cardinals scored the winning run on the play when the umpire called obstruction by Middlebrooks.

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig, 21, stumbles over Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, 16, as he heads to the plate. The the Cardinals scored the winning run on the play when the umpire called obstruction by Middlebrooks.

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