Obstructing Justice - Cards win WS Game 3


Heartbreaker and total confusion! That's World Series game 3 in a nutshell for the Red Sox
as they drop a 5-4 game in the bottom of the ninth on a bizarre obstruction call that lets
Cardinals pinch-hitter Alan Craig score the winning run.

With two on and one out, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara got Jon Jay to ground out to Dustin Pedroia, who made a great diving play to stab it and throw out Yadier Molina at the plate.  But, the play continued as catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw down to third base to try to get Craig, but the ball eluded Will Middlebrooks.  As Nava backs it up and throws Craig out at the plate to presumably end the inning, third base umpire Jim Joyce calls obstruction on Middlebrooks and awards home plate to Craig for the Cardinals victory.

Rule 2.00 of the official rules of Major League Baseball defines obstruction as "the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner."  

After the game, the umpires said that intent had nothing to do with the call, just that Craig
didn't have a clear path to home plate.  Craig, who had a leg injury coming into the World Series, was set to have tests after the game after feeling sore.

Watch the play right here - http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/27/more-on-rule-7-06-obstruction/  .  Yes, it's the first time a World Series game has ever ended on an obstruction call.

St.Louis now leads the series 2-1  heading into Sunday's game 4 with Clay Buchholz facing Lance Lynn.

Down 2-0 and 4-2, the Red Sox rallied for two runs in the 8th off Carlos Martinez and
Trevor Rosenthal.  First, Daniel Nava's fielders choice got it to 4-3 and then Xander Bogaerts
chopper up the middle gets through to bring Shane Victorino home with the tying run.

The Cardinals took a quick 2-0 in the first inning with four hits and RBI singles by Matt Holliday
and Molina.

Rosenthal got the win while Brandon Workman got the tough-luck loss.