11 incredible moments from Sunday's Red Sox-Cardinals World Series Game 4
World Series Game 3 ended with a stunning walk-off obstruction call to win the matchup for the Cardinals.
With the Redbirds looking to keep the pressure on and the Red Sox hoping to dust themselves off, there was no way Game 4 would end quite as shockingly as Game 3.
Let's go to the GIFs.
David Ortiz got the Red Sox going in the top of the second inning, leading off with a broken-bat infield single. No, really, you read that right -- David Ortiz reached safely on an infield single:
While Ortiz has been red hot this series, the rest of the Boston bats have been struggling, and St. Louis starter Lance Lynn was able to escape the inning without allowing another hit.
The Cardinals' offense, however, has been rolling and Matt Carpenter was the next man up in Game 4, reaching second base after Jacoby Ellsbury failed to cleanly field his single up the middle:
"The Cardinal Way" consists of many things, and principal among them is Carlos Beltran's habitual clearing of the table; seen here as he brings Carpenter home on a line drive to center, giving the Cards an early 1-0 lead:
How good are the Red Sox middle infielders? Well, in the fourth inning, they executed a perfect alley-oop to get Jon Jay out at second:
With the Red Sox trailing the Cardinals 1-0 heading into the fifth inning, David Ortiz once again came up big for Boston, leading off with a double:
Jonny Gomes and Xander Bogaerts walked behind him, loading the bases for a Stephen Drew sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1:
Then in the sixth, the Red Sox finally got the big hit. With runners at first and second and two outs, up stepped Jonny Gomes -- who had not yet gotten a hit in the World Series. Spoiler alert: he got a hit:
Boston took a 4-1 lead on the Gomes dinger, but fell back into trouble in the seventh when Cardinals pinch-hitter Shane Robinson came to the plate with two outs. Robinson knocked a double to left field, setting up Matt Carpenter for the RBI single, shrinking the deficit to 4-2:
Carlos Beltran followed Carpenter with a walk, bringing Matt Holliday to the plate as the go-ahead run. Boston sent in relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa, who promptly got Holliday to ground out to second, ending the rally and the inning:
Red Sox relief ace Koji Uehara came in to protect the lead in the ninth inning, and started out strong -- forcing Daniel Descalso to ground out to second.
The not-100% Allen Craig faced Uehara next and clobbered a fastball to right field, but had to hold up at first base due to his foot injury. Kolten Wong entered as a pinch-runner, but Carpenter was unable to move him into scoring position with a popout to second base
Then, with Carlos Beltran at the plate, Game 4 had its bizarro ending.
Wong strayed a bit too far from first base and Uehara threw over in a flash -- catching Wong off the bag and ending the game on a walk-off pickoff:
Lucky for us, we only have to wait until Monday night to find out -- Game 5 in St. Louis starts at 7:30 ET.