Rookie mistake haunts Wong, Cardinals look to Monday

Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:45am EDT
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By Brett Wolf

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Hawaiian rookie Kolten Wong sat stunned in the St. Louis locker room, trying to come to terms with a mistake that put the final nail in the Cardinals' World Series Game Four coffin.

Coming into the game in the ninth inning as a pinch runner after Allen Craig gave the Cards hope of rallying from 4-2 down to Boston, Wong was the victim of a rare pick off play at first base by closer Koji Uehara to end the game.

Boston's win tied the World Series at 2-2, with Game Five scheduled for Monday, again in St. Louis.

Clearly shaken by the experience, Wong sniffed back the tears.

"It's tough," he said. "You don't want to fail, but it happens."

St. Louis slugger Carlos Beltran felt for the rookie.

"I feel real bad for him," Beltran said. "I feel the best way for us to pick him up is being able to come here tomorrow and get a win."

That it happened in a World Series game magnified Wong's mistake. But it was not the only one by the Cardinals on Sunday.   Continued...

Oct 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (right) steals second base ahead of the throw to Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (72) in the 8th inning during game three of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports