ST. LOUIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — The World Series had another bizarre ending — this time, a pickoff at first base.
One day after the Cardinals walked off (tripped off?) with a win on an obstruction call, Game 4 ended with St. Louis rookie pinch-runner Kolten Wong caught leaning.
Wong, his eyes red after the game, took full responsibility.
“I just got a little too far off and my back foot slipped out,” Wong said. “He just made a good throw. I slipped and that’s it.”
It was the first postseason game in history to end on a pickoff, according to STATS. Game 3 was the first World Series game to end on an obstruction call.
Pinch hitter Allen Craig singled off the right field wall with one out in the ninth, normally a double, but he stopped at first because he’s hobbled by a foot injury aggravated on the obstruction play. Wong pinch-ran and was picked off by Koji Uehara with Carlos Beltran, among the best postseason hitters ever, at the plate.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wong had been told that Uehara has a good move.
“He was reminded once he got on base, and also he was reminded that the run didn’t mean much, be careful, shorten up,” Matheny said. “And he got a little extra, then he slipped and the slip cost him.”
Wong apologized to Cardinals fans on Twitter after the game.
“I feel bad for the kid, because I know that he’s trying to steal the base and put himself in a position where he can score, and he ended up getting picked off,” Beltran said. “It has to be a bad feeling for him, but at the same time, I feel that the best way for us to pick him up is being able to come here (in Game 5) and get a win.”
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