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ESPN.com error and misleading headline

July 28, 2016

I would never have read Mark Saxon’s story on last night’s St. Louis Cardinals win at New York vs the Mets, were it not for a misleading headline. It follows next as a link to Saxon’s game story on ESPN.com

St. Louis Cardinals lose season’s best showdown, but gain in .

 

The Cardinals won the game. That matters most, not a 7th inning “showdown” that temporarily gave the eventual losing team the lead. The headline puts the confrontation first.

Worse, Mr. Saxon so intent on his idea of a “showdown,” made a horrible factual error saying the Cardinals were down to their last out. That was never the case. He wrote what is next. It is incorrect as Gyorko batted with one out.

“With the Cardinals down to their last out, Jedd Gyorko worked a walk.”

From the Cardinals website the correct information follows:

“Long a thorn in the Mets’ side, catcher Yadier Molina erased a one-run lead in the ninth inning with a one-out RBI double off Familia, who had converted 52 consecutive regular-season save opportunities — the third-longest streak in Major League history.”

If Molina drove home the tying run with one out, obviously the Cards were never down to their final out.

As for ESPN.com, a truly misleading headline and a factual error in Mark Saxon’s report on the game. Editors anyone?

 

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