The Boston Red Sox led baseball in runs scored this season, and their powerful offense came through in the clutch again during the first inning of Wednesday’s Game 1 of the World Series.
Boston had appeared to be the victim of a blown call when the second base umpire called Dustin Pedroia out even though Cardinals shortstop Peter Kozma never fully gloved the ball. Red Sox manager John Farrell came out of the dugout to protest the call, which led to a conference between all the umpires to discuss if the call should be reversed. After a brief huddle, the call was correctly overturned and Pedroia went to second, thus loading the bases instead of a first-and-third scenario.
Mike Napoli then stepped up to the plate and blasted an Adam Wainwright pitch off the wall in left-center field, which scored all three Red Sox runners. It was the first bases-clearing double in a World Series game in over a decade.
Mike Napoli: 1st 3-run double in a World Series game since Garret Anderson, 2002 Angels (Game 7 vs Giants)—
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Check out the reversed call in GIF form below, via @BuzzFeedSports.