Baseball Report – Oct 28, 2013

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October 28, 2013

Baseball Report – Oct 28, 2013

By Bob Hurst

Big plays in the World Series usually are replayed or talked about for years after the game. And there have been a few in this year’s World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals that will go down in history too.

Game 1: Second base umpire Dan DeMuth called a force out at second in the first inning, which was reviewed by all six umpires and overturned. That led to a three-run double by Mike Napoli as Boston went on to win 8-1.

“I think based on their group conversation, surprisingly, to a certain extent, they overturned it and I think got the call right,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny disagreed.

“It’s a pretty tough time to debut that overruled call in the World Series,” Matheny said. “Now, I get that they’re trying to get the right call. Tough one to swallow.”

Replays showed that Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma never caught the ball on a throw from second baseman Matt Carpenter. Major League Baseball plans to expand replay review next season.

Game 2: With one out in the seventh inning, St. Louis pulled off a double-steal followed by a walk to Daniel Descalso. Matt Carpenter hit a fly ball to left field and Jonny Gomes’ throw was slightly off target as Kozma scored the tying run. The ball hit off catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s glove and was retrieved by Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow.

Breslow threw over Stephen Drew, who was covering third base, with the ball bouncing into the stands. Jon Jay scored the go-ahead run in the Cardinals 4-2 win.

“It just kind of sailed on me,” Breslow said. “I’ve made a throw of that distance before.”

Game 3: In the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied 4-4, the Cardinals’ Allen Craig scored the winning run for a 5-4 victory in one of the strangest plays to end a World Series game.

Jon Jay hit a grounder toward Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who threw home to Saltalamacchia, who tagged out Yadier Molina. Saltalamacchia threw wide of third base trying to get Craig. But third baseman Will Middlebrooks missed the ball, falling down on his front. Middlebrooks raised both legs, tripping Craig as he started to run home.

Left fielder Danial Nava threw home, catching Craig at the plate for an apparent out, but home plate umpire DeMuth called Craig safe and signaled to third, indicating an obstruction call had been made by third base umpire Jim Joyce on Middlebrooks.

“With the defensive player on the ground, without intent or intent, it’s still obstruction,” Joyce said.

Craig said he was just trying to get over Middlebrooks to run home.

“He was in my way,” Craig said. “I couldn’t tell you if he tried to trip me or not.”

Middlebrooks said there was nowhere for him to go.

“As I’m getting up, he trips over me,” Middlebrooks said. “I don’t know what else to say.”

With that play, the Cardinals became the first team in major league history to win two straight World Series games with the winning run scoring on an error in the seventh inning or later in each game. The only other team to win two consecutive games that way, regardless of inning, was the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1910 World Series.

Game 4: In a little less dramatic, yet interesting way to end a World Series game, Boston reliever Koji Uehara picked off Cardinals rookie pinch-runner Kolten Wong at first base in the bottom of the ninth for the last out in a 4-2 Red Sox win on Sunday to even the Series at 2-2.

Wong was emotional after the game.

“I was ready to go from first to third with Carlos driving me in,” Wong said. “Went to plant, and my back foot just came right out of me. From there, I was dead.”

Wong apologized on Twitter.

“All i want to say is i’m sorry to #CardinalNation I go out everyday playing this game as hard as I can and leaving everything on the field.”

Carlos Beltran, who was at the plate with the potential tying run, was sympathetic toward Wong.

“I feel bad for the kid,” Beltran said. “I know he’s trying to steal a base or put himself in a position where he can score.”

Most Valuable Teams: Taking into account all of the assets of major league teams, including clubs that own their own cable television networks, Bloomberg Billionaires has released its list of most and least valuable teams.

Top 6 Most Valuable:

New York Yankees, $3.3 billion
Los Angeles Dodgers, $2.1 billion
Boston Red Sox, $2.1 billion
New York Mets, $2.1 billion
Chicago Cubs, $1.3 billion
San Francisco Giants, $1.2 billion

Bottom 6 Least Valuable:

Miami Marlins, $595 million
Oakland Athletics, $590 million
Colorado Rockies, $580 million
Cleveland Indians, $575 million
Kansas City Royals, $540 million
Tampa Bay Rays, $530 million

Quotable: “When you’re put in this situation, the organization basically says, ‘We don’t know if you can manage or not.'” – Dodgers manager Don Mattingly in a press conference last week. Mattingly and the Dodgers are negotiating.

Diamond Notes: Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp had surgery on his left ankle on Monday to remove several spurs. He injured it in July and missed the postseason…Jim Leyland stepped down as manager of the Detroit Tigers last week, two days after the Tigers were eliminated in the ALCS by Boston. Leyland, 68, has a 1,769-1,728 record as a major league manager. He has managed in three World Series, winning in 1997 with Florida, and losing in 2006 and 2012 with the Tigers…Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera was expected to undergo surgery this week for a tear in his groin. Cabrera hit .348 with 44 homers and 137 RBIs this season, but had a number of injuries in the last two months…Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a $35 million, two-year deal before he hit the free-agent market. The two-time NL Cy Young winner will earn an additional $500,000 if he wins the 2014 Cy Young award among other incentives.

Copyright  2013 Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.

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