Sunday, October 27, 2013

Scoreboard Watching: World Series Game 4: Red-Themed Team vs. Red-Themed Team, 5p

Obstruction? Or a choke job?

Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74) vs. Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97).

The Cardinals won last night's game with the most curious of walk-offs: an obstruction, caused by Will Middlebrooks on Allen Craig at third base. The call was controversial at first because it appeared that Middlebrooks, prone at third base, might have deliberately lifted his legs to impede Craig's progress; however, the obstruction rule has nothing to do with intent, so count the run anyway once Craig tripped over the Red Sox 3B.

And let's be serious: Jarrod Saltalamacchia never should have tried that throw to get Craig at third base in the first place. If he doesn't throw the ball wide of third, 0-for-4 Pete Kozma comes up for the final out. And if Woody had gone to the police, this would never have happened. (We could also point the finger at other questionable managerial missteps in the game.)

So today's game becomes either a continuation of what is being stretched as a "Gibson-like moment", or just another obstacle for the Red Sox Machine to overcome on their unstoppable path. Either way, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver will be there to call it. So my television will be on mute.


Steve Sax said...


Steve Sax said...

Red Sox tie it up on a Stephen "I'm Not JD" Drew sac fly. 1-1, top 5, 1 out, Bosox on first and second

Steve Sax said...

holy smokes, red sox just blew it open in the sixth. 4-1 boston

Cliff Beefpile said...

An awful lot of celebrating after that homerun. The Red Sox really need to learn to play the game the right way.

Dusty Baker said...

First post-series game to end on a pickoff. What a crazy series. 2-2 now. Shit is ON.