The Red Sox tied the World Series at two games apiece with a 4-2 win in St. Louis last night. For the second straight night, a World Series game ending in a fashion that had never previously happened. After a walk-off obstruction call on Saturday night, last night Koji Uehara picked off pinch runner Kolten Wong at first base to end the game and allow Jonny Gomes’ three-run homer in the sixth inning to stand up.
Clay Buchholz went four innings last night with greatly reduced stuff, his fastball topping out at around 88. After all the talk about how he just needed to toughen up and pitch, we got an idea at least about why he was hesitant to do so. Hopefully that talk quiets down some now, but somehow I doubt it.
Get a feel for the rest of the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com, and remember that only three games at most remain in the Tim McCarver era!
I wish we could say the same about Gary Tanguay – I couldn’t get away from the guy yesterday, whether it was on the Patriots pre-post shows on the radio – after the game he was telling Gresh and Zo to “hold off on the parade” when they were praising the play of the undrafted rookies on the defensive line, and then I see him on TV on CSNNE following the Red Sox game, where all he seemed to want to talk about was John Farrell’s managing shortcomings.
At least we won’t be seeing him on the Celtics telecasts this season, even though that might be a team actually worth complaining about.
A few items related to football and the Patriots:
It appears that Troy Brown’s training has been completed:
You’ll recall last week’s big issue was the call on the Patriots in overtime, which allowed the Jets to kick a much easier game winning field goal.
In the aftermath, it was pointed out, even by Bill Belichick, that the Jets had also pushed on a FG attempt by the Patriots in regulation. Rex Ryan denied that accusation, strongly, and media rushed to declare the Jets innocent of any wrongdoing.
Nowhere close. RT @MMehtaNYDN: Watched play a dozen times: Coples' hand on back of Wilkerson isn't in same stratosphere as Jones' push
Quinton Coples told me this about Pats FG at end of reg: "We try to get the o-line to bite. That is a play design & it was perfectly legal"
Just watched the Coples play a half-dozen times. I mean, come on … Not the same. Smells like something planted in the media by the team.
You might have missed it, but very quietly it was revealed yesterday that the league determined that the Jets did indeed break the rule.
Umpire Tony Michalek, who called penalty on Pats, did not call it on Jets, even though NFL admitted in HC video that both were violations.
So we’ve gone from not the same stratosphere and nowhere close, to exactly the same. Got it.
I’d say it’s good that Ben Volin doesn’t work in Vegas. Poor guy has had an incredibly unlucky streak in the weekly predictions in the Globe. He’s 45-60-2 on the season, but his “Best Bets” are now 0-8 on the year, after he picked the Jets yesterday to cover and they were beaten 49-9.