Jacoby Ellsbury's bobble in center field leads to first run of Game 4
The Cardinals struck first in Game 4 of the World Series, thanks in part to a poor defensive play by Jacoby Ellsbury in center field.
Poor defense played a big role in the first three games of the World Series, and sure enough the first run of Game 4 was scored thanks to more sketchy glovework. Jacoby Ellsbury did the honors by bobbling a ball and allowing Matt Carpenter to hustle his single into a double:
Props to Carpenter for the hustle, he saw the bobble and took advantage. That's what good players and teams do when the opponent makes a mistake.
Postseason hero Carlos Beltran singled back up to the middle as the very next batter to score Carpenter and given the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Clay Buchholz has been throwing something one or two notches above slop, so he and the Red Sox are actually quite lucky they're only down one run through three innings of play.
Boston, by the way, became the first team to commit at least one error in the first four games of the World Series since the 2008 Rays. That's according to Elias.