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Karen Datangel is a communications specialist, writer, connector, sports enthusiast (Go SF Giants, 49ers, and Warriors), and philanthropy-minded extroverted introvert. Born, bred, and based in the Bay Area, Karen graduated with a degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Her writing/media resume includes contributions to and internships with Hollywood Life, CAAMFest (Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), Audrey Magazine (Now part of Character Media), Bustle, Fandom, SheKnows, and POPSUGAR. She now focuses mostly on social media and communications in various industries, currently working as the Public Relations Assistant with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and having worked previously at Salesforce and Google. Outside of work, she is an active member of the Spinsters of San Francisco.

Karen Watches the 2013 World Series: Another Wild Ending in Game 4 as Boston Ties the Series

St. Louis Cardinals pinch-runner Kolten Wong gets picked off by Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli for the last out in Game 4 of the 2013 World Series. (photo credit: Jeff Curry / USA Today Sports)

And I’m back! While I admittedly did get to watch most of Game 3, I unfortunately missed the most critical, controversial, and absolute best part of it, which was the ending. I knew that the game was going to be close but I had no idea how crazy it truly was until I saw the mass freakout on my Twitter timeline as I stood in line to get into my Halloween bash.

GAME 3 OFFICIAL SCORE: Cardinals 5, Red Sox 4

Now on to last night’s game. Game 3 may have had the stranger ending, but Game 4 concluded quite unconventionally too. With the Red Sox leading 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cardinals’ Allen Craig—who was involved in the Game 3 concluding fiasco—hit a one-out single and was replaced by pinch-runner Kolten Wong. After Matt Carpenter popped out for the second out and with Carlos Beltran up to bat, Wong was picked off by a throw from Red Sox closer Koji Uehara to first baseman Mike Napoli. The pickoff ended the game, allowing the Red Sox to celebrate their second win in the series and stunning the St. Louis faithful.

While the game’s last out was odd and some may [unfairly] blame Wong for possibly botching a possible scoring opportunity, truth is the Cardinals were unable to cash in on other previous opportunities. Additionally, they could not come close to the monster 3-run shot by the Red Sox’ Jonny Gomes, which was the difference in the game (VIDEO WARNING: NSFL due to revolting and extremely unsanitary beard-pulling). The big hit by Gomes for especially wow-worthy considering that it was his first hit in the World Series and was a last-minute replacement in the outfield, as Shane Victorino was a late scratch due to a bad back.

St. Louis struck first in the bottom of the third, which started with a defensive mishap on Boston’s part. The Cardinals’ Carpenter hit a single to right field, but Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury deflected the ball and was charged with a missed catch error, which allowed Carpenter to advance to second. Beltran brought him home with a single to center.
The Cardinals would not score again until the seventh, on a Carpenter RBI single, the only RBI they would get in a potentially big inning.

The Red Sox got their first run in the fifth, which started with a David Ortiz double. Cardinals’ starter Lance Lynn then issued walks to Gomes and Xander Bogaerts, but the only run the Sox would score came off a sacrifice fly from the struggling Stephen Drew. Ortiz came home from third and the throw from Cardinals’ left fielder Matt Holliday didn’t miss catcher Yadier Molina by much. Lynn, who pitched solidly in his first four innings, continued to slip in the sixth. He allowed a 2-out single to Dustin Pedroia and issued a walk to Ortiz. Mike Matheny then took Lynn out for reliever Seth Maness, who delivered a bad pitch to Gomes which the bearded outfielder took deep for the 3-run home run.

Boston starter Clay Buchholz  looked shaky at times, but only issued three hits and three walks in his four innings of work. The only run in his line was unearned due to the Ellsbury error in the third. The Red Sox bullpen—Felix Doubront, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, and Uehara—helped save the game. Game 2 starter John Lackey also made his first relief appearance since 2004. The Cards blew a big scoring opportunity with Lackey on the mound, as a wild throw from third baseman Bogaerts allowed Molina to reach second base with one out, then a wild pitch by Lackey allowed him to advance to third. However, Lackey got out of trouble by getting Jon Jay to pop out and David Freese to ground out.

I would poke a little more fun at the last pick off, but hearing how Wong was in tears in the Cardinals clubhouse post-game, I honestly feel bad for the rookie. The kids are so tough on themselves when they make mistakes on the big stages, and “fans” can be so vicious. The vitriol I’ve seen towards him on social media is unacceptable—quite reminiscent of how the 49ers’ Kyle Williams was mistreated in the 2012 NFC Championship game loss for his fumbles, and how Washington Nationals’ closer Drew Storen was a scapegoat for losing the 2012 NLDS (Against the Cards, nonetheless) for his team. Wong even took to Twitter just hours after the loss to express his feelings:

We all have the right to be a bit frustrated, but don’t be that jerk that media outlets talk badly about and make it on public shaming blogs and social media accounts. Actually, please read this recent Deadspin article to brush up on your social media etiquette. Know that there are still more games to be played. Either be kind or don’t say anything at all to your athletes through the Interwebs.

IN A NUTSHELL: Jonny Gomes is a monster and this may be one of the strangest World Series in history (Though we already knew that when we saw Game 3).

OFFICIAL SCORE: Red Sox 4, Cardinals 2
MY SCORE: Baseball Craziness and Awesomeness 20, Humanity 0 (Because people on Twitter are jerks towards certain players)
TOP PERFORMER: Jonny Gomes (Red Sox)
FAVORITE PLAY OF THE GAME: That one home run

GAME 4 TIDBITS: Busch Stadium stood up in solidarity in the sixth inning  as part of the fifth annual Stand Up to Cancer campaign. Players, fans, and other personnel at the game held a few moments of silence, holding up placards written with the names of loved ones currently fighting cancer and those that have lost their battles.

As of press time, Game 5 is currently underway, with the Red Sox leading the Cardinals 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. Last night, in honor of the second wild ending in two consecutive games, the #HowGame5WillEnd trending hashtag was born. Here are a few of my favorites:

And here’s my personal prediction:

Cardinals Tie Series With Come-From-Behind Rally and Game 2 Win
Red Sox Turn Cardinals Into Feathers in Game 1 Rout
How to Tell Two Red Teams Apart—A Guide for the Casual Baseball Fan

So have at it, readers! How do you think Game 5 will end? And what are your thoughts on Game 3 and Game 4 and their wacky conclusions?

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