Revisiting the play-at-the-plate that wasn’t in Game 7 of the World Series

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You remember this play from the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series, of course. The one in which Alex Gordon took third base on an outfield error and maybe — maybe — had a shot to go home and tie the game:

Most folks who have considered that play have concluded that, had Gordon attempted to go home, he would have been out. I was there in person, with a nice bird’s eye view of the play, and it looked to me that he would have been out. Matthew broke it down after it happened and it looked to him as if Gordon would’ve been out too. Just about everyone says so.

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has a story looking at that play again, breaking it down once more. The conclusions don’t change, but the article is interesting because unlike all of the frame-by-frame breakdowns you’ve seen of it, this is accompanied by quotes and insights from the players involved. What was going on in their minds, what they thought the chances of success were and everything.

Obviously they have all been asked questions about it before, but this is a bit of a deeper dive. They’ve had more time to consider it. And having it all together in a piece like this makes that play come alive in ways that it hasn’t been alive since last October. Definitely worth your time.

Red Sox end Astros’ 10-game winning streak

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The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.

Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.

The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.

At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.