Wild throws costing Red Sox in Series against Cardinals

Matt Holliday of the Cardinals is tagged out at first base by David Ortiz of the Red Sox last night...

Matt Holliday of the Cardinals is tagged out at first base by David Ortiz of the Red Sox last night in St Louis. (Getty Images/AFP)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:02 AM ET

The Detroit Tigers lost the 2006 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals because their pitchers could not throw the ball accurately to the bases.

They threw wildly to first, second and third for errors.

Now, the Boston Red Sox trail the Cards 2-1 in the best-of-seven Series because they can’t throw the ball to the bases.

After retiring the second out of the inning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia attempted to throw out Allen Craig at third base. The throw was sailed wide of third baseman Will Middlebrooks, hit off Craig and rolled into foul ground.

Craig was tripped by Middlebrooks — the way Conrad Dobler used to leg whip opposing linemen when he played in the NFL for the St. Louis Cardinals — as third base ump Jim Joyce ruled obstruction, awarding Craig home.

It was one of the wildest finishes to a Series game.

“I guess by the letter of the rule you could say it was obstruction,” manager John Farrell told reporters.


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