Technically, Salty spared from joining Buckner

October, 27, 2013
10/27/13
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ST. LOUIS -- Here's one of the more amazing aspects to what surely ranks as one of the weirdest finishes to a game in World Series history: Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was not charged with an error on his wild throw to third that triggered the chain of events that culminated with third baseman Will Middlebrooks being charged with obstruction, allowing the winning run to score.

Under ordinary circumstances -- if Cardinals base-runner Allen Craig had not tripped over Middlebrooks after he got up following his slide into third base and attempted to head home -- Saltalamacchia probably would have been charged with a throwing error, as Craig would in all likelihood have beaten the throw to the plate.

And the last Series game to end on an error? That would be the ground ball hit by Mookie Wilson that went through the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner on Oct. 25, 1986, almost 27 years to the day of Saltalamacchia's misplay.

Middlebrooks, however, by virtue of the obstruction, was charged with an error, though it's not likely to be remembered that way.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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