St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig gets tangled with Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction on the play and Craig went in to score the game-winning run. The Cardinals won 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Former Texas Ranger Koji Uehara was on the mound when Saturday night's Game 3 of the World Series ended. He was in the same place at Busch Stadium on Sunday night for the ending of Game 4 of the World Series.
The Boston Red Sox closer will mostly likely never forget either night.
On Saturday night, we saw the first World Series game ended on an obstruction call when Allen Craig scored after it was determined Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks had tripped Craig after a poor throw to third from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia went into left field. Craig was tagged out at home, but the home plate umpire called him safe due to the obstruction call and the Cardinals won in walk-off fashion.
Fast-forward to Sunday night when the Cardinals inserted pinch-runner Kolten Wong for Craig at first base in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and Uehara on the mound nursing a 4-2 lead. Wong is a dangerous base-runner, but apparently not as dangerous as Uehara's pick-off move.
Wong committed the Cardinal sin — pun intended — when he was picked off at first base to end the game with a walk-off pick-off — the first time a World Series game had ever ended in such a fashion.
So there you have it, folks. In two days, we saw two firsts when it comes to World Series games ended. Can you only imagine how Game 5 will end Monday night?