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The Cardinals took the lead by NOT playing The Cardinal Way

Oct 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

This is fun. The crazy sequence where Craig Breslow threw away the ball when he tried to get Jon Jay at third base last night?  The one that resulted in the go-ahead and what proved to be the winning run scoring?  The only reason that happened is because Jon Jay failed to play baseball The Cardinal Way.

Watch the v45 second mark of the video here, when Matt Carpenter hits the fly ball to left field. Specifically, watch Jay at second base. Even more specifically, watch him fail to tag up on what almost everyone should have seen was a fly ball that was going to be caught:

As a result of not tagging up, Jay could not run to third simultaneously with Pete Kozma who was tagging up from third and running home.  He has to scamper back to second, tag, and then go to third. Since he was running late to third, Breslow thought he had a shot, threw the ball away and then Jay scored.

Of course Carlos Beltran then came up and singled in Descalso, who also advanced on the play, and if Jay had been standing on third as fundamentally sound baseball would have had him do, it would have been him who scored.  Still, the defining play of that game — the place where the wheels fell off for the Red Sox — was the result of some decidedly non-heads up baserunning by Jay.

Irresponsible baserunning. A bad throw. Man, somewhere, Yasiel Puig was watching this all and smiling.

  1. omahajoe2 - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    There appears to be a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking (or Friday afternoon “managering”) regarding JJ’s absolute responsibility to tag and go to third. Recall JJ had a big lead because the infield was in. He was in the position to score the lead run in the 7th inning of a close game on any hit to the outfield. Allowing for his initial reaction to the flyball to step toward third, the relatively shallow flyball, and an immediate throw to home, there was no way JJ could have tagged and advance to third on the throw, short of standing on the bag when the ball was hit. All he could have done (and did) was tag up and advance on any misplay. Go Cards!

  2. spacemaker101 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Of course they had to mention puig

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