Allen Craig, Will Middlebrooks
Game 3 of the 2013 World Series will be one for the history books, with the St. Louis Cardinals beating the Boston Red Sox to pull ahead in the series after an unusual call in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With the game tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Cardinals put runners on second and third base with one out. Red Sox shortstop Dustin Pedroia fielded a ground ball and threw home to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who tagged Yadier Molina, who was coming from third, out at the plate. But then Saltalamacchia tried to take things one step further by throwing Allen Craig out at third.
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The off-balance toss, however, sailed past Boston's third baseman Will Middlebrooks and into the outfield, where left-fielder Daniel Nava ran in to retrieve it. As Craig rounded third and headed for home, he tripped over Middlebrooks, who was still on the ground after missing the throw from Saltalamacchia. Nava threw to Saltalamacchia, who tagged Craig out at home plate, which would have sent the game into extra innings.
But the umpires called interference, saying that Middlebrooks obstructed Craig's path to home plate, and scored the run for the Cardinals, giving them a 5-4 win. (The obstruction rule says a runner has a right to run with nothing in his path.)
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Though the umpires were correct in making the call, the rule is a rarity. This is the first time a World Series game has ever ended on an obstruction call. It's also the second time during this World Series the Red Sox have lost a game after an errant throw to third base. (The first was in the seventh inning of Game 2, when Craig Breslow accidentally hurled a ball into the stands.)
St. Louis now leads the series 2-1. Game 4 airs Sunday at 8/7c on Fox. Watch video of the game-ending play below: