Kolten Wong, the former University of Hawaii baseball standout from the Big Island, took to Twitter Sunday night to apologize to fans for his base-running mistake that ended the St. Louis Cardinals’ chances for a ninth-inning comeback in Game 4 of the World Series.
The game ended with Boston Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara picking off Wong, a pinch-runner who had taken a big lead off first base with slugger — and potential tying-run — Carlos Beltran at the plate. The Red Sox won the game, 4-2, and tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
“All i want to say is i’m sorry #CardinalNation I go out everyday playing this game as hard as I can and leaving everything on the field,” Wong tweeted after Sunday’s game. A subsequent tweet thanked everyone for their support.
It was the first time that a World Series game ended on a pickoff.
Wong took full responsibility for the blunder.
“I just got a little too far off and my back foot slipped out,” Wong told reporters after the game. “He just made a good throw. I slipped and that’s it.”
Wong, who was a first-round draft pick for the Cardinals this year, played for the UH Rainbow Warriors and Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii.
The Cardinals and Red Sox play Game 5 today in St. Louis.