Bottom of the 9th, tied up at 4-4 thanks to some clutch hitting by Nava and Bogaerts. Workman, who Farrell did not pinch-hit for in the top of the inning (terrible decision in hindsight, also: at the time) surrenders a one out single to Molina. Workman is yanked for Koji, who immediately gives up a double to Craig. Molina stops at 3rd.
One out, men on second and third. Jay at the plate. Looks dire. But we've got Dustin! Playing in, he dives to his right, snatches a ground ball from Jay. Throws home in time to tag out Molina!
Saltalamacchia throws down to third to try to get Craig, but his throw is wide to MIddlebrooks and the ball goes sailing into left. Craig takes off for home. A little reminiscent of last game. But this time, Nava is backing up third and fires the ball home. The throw gets there and Salty tags Craig just as he's about to touch the plate. Insanity!
But wait -- the home plate umpire is signaling safe? Huh? The Cardinals are running onto the field in celebration?
What is going on? He was clearly tagged out at home.
Well, an obstruction call is what happened. Salty's wide throw to third pulled Middlebrooks off the bag and onto the ground as Craig slid into the base. Craig popped up to head home and had to leap over Middlebrooks to do it. Obstruction. Automatically awarded the next base.
Dustin Pedroia is punching so many things in the clubhouse right now.