WS Game 4: Just a little “picked-off” tonight

If one thing I’ve come to expect out of this World Series, it’s that nothing is going to go as it’s expected. Between what has to be a very random home run and a pick-off for the final out, there is no “usual” when it comes to the Series, including still arguing calls from last night’s game and wanting rules to change based on subjectivity.

The Red Sox starter only made it 4 innings again, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run, an RBI single to the Cardinals in the 3rd. The Red Sox tied up the game in the 5th when a sacrifice fly should have kept the runner on 3rd base, but a throw too wide forced the catcher off home plate and unable to make the tag on what was a very slow runner. Two outs and two runners on base in the 6th, a Boston batter smacks the ball into the Red Sox bullpen for a 3-run homer to push the Red Sox up 4-1. In the 7th, the Cardinals grabbed another run on an RBI single. Unfortunately, while the Cardinals were often in scoring position, they weren’t able to capitalize on those opportunities; well, with a single exception, the Red Sox weren’t either.

Honestly, neither bullpen were particularly outstanding nor were they terrible. It really wasn’t a great game anyway you look at it, as evidenced by the final out. With a Cardinals’ batter making every effort to get himself and the runner at 1st home or at least advancing a couple of bases for a chance at the game, the Red Sox pitcher picks the runner off 1st base for the 3rd out. Most of the 40,000+ crowd, the entire Cardinals team, and the viewing audience was stunned, mainly because the broadcast didn’t really catch the pick off until after the Red Sox were joyfully jogging off the field, leaving all of St. Louis wondering, “What just happened?”

No, seriously, what just happened? Today’s game kind of felt like the second movie in a trilogy — trying to be as good as the first and never succeeding; trying to give a great conclusion yet keeping it open for the third movie and never succeeding; trying to develop enough character and plot depth without overlapping or staying too shallow and never succeeding. We put a lot of emphasis and expectations on World Series games, so when they disappoint, it’s that shallow, misdirected, half-hearted second movie.

So with a 4-2 win, Boston tied up the Series 2-2 and forced the Series back to Fenway for at least Game 6.

Before the game tonight, Selig continues his awards tour and gave the award out for the best offensive player in each league, also known as the Hank Aaron Award. The Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera won his second consecutive award for the AL, and Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks earned the NL award. Past Yankee winners include Alex Rodriguez (who won 3 with the Rangers and 1 with the Yankees) and Derek Jeter (2 awards).

Go Yankees!

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