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World Series Game 3: Obstruction call a rarity, but correct in game-ending play

  • Saturday's Game 3 brought something no one has seen before in the World Series: a walk-off victory via obstruction.The St. Louis Cardinals benefited, gaining a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox for a 2-1 series lead. While fans and media talking heads debated the ending, there was no debate. Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction. Allen Craig was tripped by Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who was on the ground after failing to snag an errant throw."With the defensive player on the ground, without intent or intent, it's still obstruction," Joyce said. "You'd probably have to ask Middlebrooks that one, if he could have done anything. But that's not in our determination." Umpires and executive Joe Torre were on the scene to explain why the decision was correct. Umpires answered the questions of Red Sox manager John Farrell and protests from his players.The only resulting question: Was Craig injured? He appeared to limp away from the plate after an awkward slide. Already nursing a sore foot that kept him out from the first week of September until Game 1 of the World Series, Craig might miss additional time.Expect a determination ahead of Sunday's Game 4. First pitch at Busch Stadium is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET, with Lance Lynn scheduled to pitch against Clay Buchholz. However, Buchholz is questionable because of an injury.Here's how the final play happened.Yadier Molina singled. Craig, a pinch hitter, ripped a double down the left-f[......]

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    Brewers get winning hit from improbable source: ace Yovani Gallardo

  • MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo couldn't have picked a better spot for the first pinch hit of his career.Gallardo delivered a double that drove home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning Tuesday night, foiling Baltimore's strategy and sending the Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Orioles. "We work on it for that type of situation," said Gallardo, who stepped to the plate with a career batting average of .202 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs over eight seasons. "That's one of the reasons we're out there hitting every day before the position players, because you never know. Whether it be as simple as getting a bunt down or getting a guy over to third base or whatever."With the pitcher's spot on deck and knowing Milwaukee was out of position players, the Orioles intentionally walked power-hitting Mark Reynolds with two outs and no one on base in the 10th. Reynolds had hit his 12th homer earlier. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke then sent up Gallardo — a starting pitcher who was 1 for 14 this season — to bat for reliever Francisco Rodriguez (2-1).Gallardo drove a 2-0 pitch from T.J. McFarland (0-1) to deep center field to win it."I was just trying to get a ball out over the plate," said Gallardo, hitless in four previous pinch-hit appearances. "When he fell down 2-0, just try and put a good swing on it. Put the ball in play and see what happens. The pitch wasn't where he wanted it, I'm pretty sure, but I was able to make good contact."Orioles[......]

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