10/27/08 9:10 PM ET
Baserunning gaffe costs Rays
Crawford stopped running as first-inning line drive was dropped
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Crawford hit a hard liner right at Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins with one out in the top of the first. When Crawford saw where the ball was headed, he pulled up on his way to first base.
However, Rollins bobbled the ball, unable to make a clean catch. Crawford picked up speed once he saw that Rollins hadn't made a play on the ball, but it was too late. Rollins' throw to Ryan Howard at first base barely beat Crawford, and the inning ended without a baserunner for Tampa Bay.
The play recalled Game 1, when B.J. Upton twice took his time getting to first base on double-play balls. The first of those two plays ended up being extremely close, and harder running might have gotten Upton on base.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.