Cardinals win Game 3 of World Series on obstruction call
The Red Sox lost a tense and pivotal Game 3 of the 2013 World Series, 5-4, when the Cardinals’ Allen Craig scored the winning run after third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called for obstruction after an errant throw. Umpire Jim Joyce awarded Craig home plate after the runner tripped over Middlebrooks’s legs while left fielder Daniel Nava was retrieving catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s errant throw.
With one out, runners on second and third, and the Red Sox’ infield pulled in, Jon Jay hit a hard ground ball to second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia threw home to get Matt Adams. With Craig heading for third, Saltalamacchia made an ill-fated throw that eluded Middlebrooks and skittered down the left field line. Craig then headed for the plate.
Joyce, the third base umpire, quickly made the call on Middlebrooks. Nava still threw to the plate and it appeared Craig, who was limping, would have been out.