David Ortiz seemed to put the Boston Red Sox in position for a huge win in Game 2 of the World Series. Then Sox reliever Craig Breslow had a moment of madness in the seventh.
Perhaps it wasn't as traumatic, but the Boston Red Sox added a memorable new error to their Bill Buckner collection in losing Game 2 of the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2, Thursday night.
When Buckner booted a routine grounder in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, it took Red Sox Nation 18 years to get over it. Chances are, Boston won't need another 18 years to cope with reliever Craig Breslow's moment of madness in the seventh inning Thursday. But it will certainly take at least until Game 3 Saturday.
When Breslow decided to throw to third base, the game was tied 2-2 with two out in the seventh and runners on second and third. Not ideal, but hardly game over. A popup, a strikeout, a routine grounder, and they're up in the bottom of the seventh with the game tied.
But after Breslow uncorked a wild throw to third, the game swung irrevocably, as it turned out. Breslow was backing up catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia because Cardinals pinch-runner Pete Kozma had just scored on a sacrifice fly. The throw home squirted a few feet away from Saltalamacchia and Breslow saw John Jay pelting for third. And the rest is for the commemorative edition World Series videos.
Breslow's sailing throw ended up in the stands, Jay scored, and Daniel Descalso was able to advance to third. When the next batter, Carlos Beltran, singled, Descalso scored and the damage was complete.
On the surface, it might not seem the most catastrophic of errors. Boston was able to split the first two games against the Cardinals' best starting pitchers – beating Adam Wainwright Wednesday and losing to the masterful Michael Wacha Thursday. That's not so bad. The Sox batters will like their chances against the Cardinals starters in Game 3 and 4.