Cards oust Braves 6-3 in controversy-marred game




What had been a magical year for Chipper Jones and the Braves reverted to postseason heartache Friday. Kris Medlen, the pitcher who couldn’t lose, lost. And to cap their disappointing night, a Braves rally in the eighth inning was thwarted by a questionable infield-fly ruling.

The Braves made three errors, none more costly than Jones’ errant throw in the three-run fourth inning of 6-3 loss to St. Louis in the first National League Wild Card game before an overflow crowd at Turner Field.

The Cardinals advanced to a Division Series against Washington that starts Sunday, while the Braves were eliminated from the playoffs and left to stew about making so many mistakes in their biggest game of the year. And to wonder what might have been if not for that umpire’s call in the eighth.

“I’m not willing to say that call cost us the ballgame,” said Jones, who went 1-for-5 in the last game of his storied career, the hit an infield single in the ninth inning. “Our three errors cost us the ballgame, mine being the biggest.”

The Braves trailed 6-3 and had runners at first and second with one out in the eighth inning when Andrelton Simmons hit a pop fly into left field. Shortstop Pete Kozma ran out for it but backed off at the last second. The ball fell between Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday, and a crowd of 52,631 roared, assuming  the bases would be full with one out and Brian McCann on deck to pinch-hit.

McCann, who has a .339 career average and nine grand slams in 109 at-bats with the bases loaded.

Only the bases wouldn’t be loaded, because left-field umpire Sam Holbrook called Simmons out on an infield-fly ruling, an unusual call for a ball that landed as far into the outfield as Simmons’ pop-up, which fell about 50 feet past the back edge of the infield dirt.

“I was stunned,” Simmons said. “I couldn’t understand the call. I’ve seen it made shallow, but not that deep [in the outfield], pretty much in left field. I don’t think anybody has seen that one before.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez argued vehemently with umpires near third base, and fans littered the field with hundreds of plastic bottles and other garbage, causing a 19-minute delay, during which Gonzalez filed an official protest.

“I thought the shortstop had to go way out there to make a play,” Gonzalez said. “[Joe Torre] came back and told me they were going to go with what was called on the field.”

Infield-fly rulings are not reviewable under baseball’s instant-replay rules, and Torre, Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations, upheld the ruling. Normally the protest would be in written form and decided upon in 24 hours, but since it was a one-game playoff Torre made the call right away.

“I ruled to disallow the protest based on the fact it’s a judgment call,” Torre said.

Cardinals reliever Jason Motte replaced Mitchell Boggs during the delay and walked McCann to load the bases before striking out Michael Bourn to end the inning. The Braves left 12 runners on base and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, continuing their trend of woeful work in that area during the past two months.

It was the 16th loss in the past 21 home postseason games for the Braves, who went one-and-done in their first trip to the postseason since 2010 and their second in seven seasons. They lost their past six postseason series, and now they’ve also lost the first single-game Wild Card playoff.

Catcher David Ross hit a two-run homer to give the Braves a 2-0 lead in the second inning. It was the fourth homer in his past 20 at-bats for Ross, who started because McCann has struggled with a shoulder injury.

Medlen was charged with five runs (three earned) in 6-1/3 innings as the Cardinals became the first team to beat the Braves in Medlen’s past 24 starts. Not that it was his fault – he gave up three hits and no walks, and two of three Cardinals runs in the fourth inning were unearned, and the Braves had a potential tying run erased by Simmons’ baserunning mistake in the bottom of the fourth.

Jones’ farewell tour of a final season had often been referred to as a storybook ending to his Hall of Famer’s career, as Jones had come through with so many dramatic hits that one Braves broadcaster said the season couldn’t have been scripted better in Hollywood.

But things went awry and the story took a cruel turn Friday, when Jones’ throwing error was part of a shoddy fielding display by a Braves defense that had the fewest errors (86) and best fielding percentage in the National League during the regular season.

Jones threw wide of second base on a potential double-play grounder with none out in the fourth, and two of three runs in the inning were unearned. Simmons and second baseman Dan Uggla also made errors.

“The guys who made the errors are pretty sure-handed,” Gonzalez said. “I’m sure we were excited…. We just didn’t do what we normally do, and it hurt us…. It huts losing a ballgame the way we did tonight.”

The Cardinals scored two unearned runs in the seventh inning after errors by Uggla and Simmons.

“When you have six runs on six hits…” Jones said of the Cardinals’ output. “I don’t know how many of them were earned runs. As far as I’m concerned, the only one they should have scored was the home run.”

Matt Holliday’s fourth-inning solo homer off Medlen put the Cardinals ahead 4-2.

“It sucks to go out like that,” Uggla said. “We had an opportunity late in the game to get back in the game. Who knows what might have happened? … For this to be Chipper’s last game, that’s a shame. We had opportunities. But we didn’t take care of the baseball. It stings to lose the way we did.”

Trailing 3-2 in the fourth, the Braves put themselves in position to tie or possibly take the lead, after Freddie Freeman hit a leadoff single and Ross surprised the Cardinals with a bunt to the left side. He hustled to turn it into a hit, diving across first base to beat the throw and put runners on the corners with one out.

Simmons was up next and bunted on the first pitch. He didn’t make solid contact and the ball dribbled just in front of the plate, where Molina picked it up and threw to first base, the ball skipped off the top of Simmons’ batting helmet and sailed into foul territory, allowing Freeman to score easily and putting Ross in scoring position. Or so it appeared.

The crowd erupted in cheers, but only for a moment, until the realization that home-plate umpire Jeff Kellogg was signaling something, and it wasn’t anything the Braves and their fans wanted to see. The umpire ruled – correctly, as replays showed — that Simmons had veered inside the baseline while running to first base. He was called for interference and the runners were sent back.

Gonzalez said he’d called for a safety squeeze because of the Braves’ recent scoring problems. Freeman wasn’t running at any point until after the ball caromed off Simmons’ helmet into foul territory, but Gonzalez said if the bunt had been struck harder and gotten past the pitcher Freeman would have scored.

“I didn’t execute,” Simmons said. “I had chances to help my team win tonight, and I didn’t do it.”

The last time the Braves lost a game started by Medlen was at Pittsburgh on May 23, 2010.

“We didn’t play well today,” Medlen said. “Obviously the [infield fly] call is magnified by the situation. If we make plays hear, if I make pitches, it’s a different game. It’s easy to point fingers. Was it a bad call? I’ll leave you guys to decide that. I just think we could have put ourselves in a better situation.”

Since moving to the starting rotation on July 31 Medlen was phenomenal, going 9-0 with an 0.97 ERA and allowing more than one run in only two games and a total of nine earned runs in 83-2/3 innings.

The Braves won 94 games during the regular season, including 17 of 26 in September. They had pushed aside the stigma of a 10-20 collapse at the end of the 2011 season that kept them out of the playoffs and allowed St. Louis to overtake Atlanta on the final night of the regular season when the Braves lost to the Phillies in 13 innings.

But after losing five of six games against the Braves during the regular season, the Cardinals won Friday when it mattered most, and again they’ll keep playing while the Braves pack for the offseason.

1,054 comments Add your comment

GT Trumpet

October 5th, 2012
8:41 pm

One of the worst calls in MLB history.

Biff Pocoroba

October 5th, 2012
8:44 pm

Yes starting a young pitcher in a one game series instead of a veteran and playing that idiot Uggla in the biggest game of the year are terrible calls. Hopefully Not Ready Fredi will be packing his bags and moving back to Miami next week.

Biff Pocoroba

October 5th, 2012
8:45 pm

Yes starting a young pitcher in a one game series instead of a veteran and playing that idiot Uggla in the biggest game of the year are terrible calls. Hopefully Not Ready Fredi will be packing his bags and moving back to Miami next week.

Adam

October 5th, 2012
8:45 pm

I am out of words. I am from Philly—came down to Atlanta to see Chip’s final series. Really thought we had a good chance tonight. Terrible call by the umps but also terrible defensive. Sad ending. Thanks #10 for everything!

Adam

October 5th, 2012
8:45 pm

I am out of words. I am from Philly—came down to Atlanta to see Chip’s final series. Really thought we had a good chance tonight. Terrible call by the umps but also terrible defensive. Sad ending. Thanks #10 for everything!

Biff Pocoroba

October 5th, 2012
8:45 pm

Yes starting a young pitcher in a one game series instead of a veteran and playing that idiot Uggla in the biggest game of the year are terrible calls. Hopefully Not Ready Fredi will be packing his bags and moving back to Miami next week.

Justin

October 5th, 2012
8:45 pm

Sam Holbrook’s parents must be brother and sister to one another. What a pitiful excuse for an official and a man…..#smalljohnsonevensmallerbrain

J J

October 5th, 2012
8:45 pm

losers again.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Jewel770

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Infield fly rule. Go.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

steveo

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

S.O.B.’s……aka…Same Old Braves….call was bad, but the Braves were getting their asses whooped anyway!!!

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Matt the Brave

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

This is worse than Hrbek pulling Gant off of 1st. Both times it has killed a rally by the Braves and screwed us in the end.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

Adam

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

I am from Philly—came down to see the final series in Atlanta for Chipper. Terrible call, terrible defense. Really disheartening.

Headlines

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Classless team followed by classless fans. You are a disgrace Atlanta.

i am right

October 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

chipper you suck, 10 year olds throw better than you!

Protest the World Series

October 5th, 2012
8:47 pm

Do not watch the playoffs of the World Series. If MLB can cheat us, we can cheat them.

Brave@Heart

October 5th, 2012
8:47 pm

Going to miss you Chipper. Now time for the off season MOVES and waiting for spring!

Roy

October 5th, 2012
8:47 pm

How would like to be these umps there going to get killed by the press, wrost call i ever seen. Hope they don’t get to umpire anymore this year.

bocabrave

October 5th, 2012
8:47 pm

The NFL replacement refs would have got that call right.

G-real

October 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

mark

October 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

worst idea in sports is a one game playoff of a 162 game season

i am right

October 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

shut up headlines! your stupid!

Tracie Hill

October 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

Absolutely no excuse for throwing garbage on the field. I know never to let a child watch Atlanta play again…that is not the kind of sportsmanship I want them to learn.

norris

October 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

never have I seen a call that bad in baseball!

Ebenezer Snerdberg

October 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

MEMO TO BRAVES, TBS SPSO ETC., FIRE JOE SIMPSON!

J J

October 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

I told you that your Hooters hero would not do a thing

don

October 5th, 2012
8:49 pm

Headlines is a fool. I would be censored for saying what he really is so I’ll have to settle for fool.

We Will Get Fooled Again

October 5th, 2012
8:49 pm

The call was horrible, but let’s keep it in its proper context. The players lost this game. Honestly, even if the call had gone our way, does anyone think anybody from this merry band of losers would have come up with a clutch hit?

The culture of choking continues. Everything was set up for us to exorcise some demons tonight. We had Medlen on the mound with a rocking crowd and a 2-0 lead. Only the Braves could blow it so spectacularly.

Changes have to be made. Not wholesale changes, no. This is a good team that had a good year. I don’t think you fire Fredi. I do think you fire Dan Uggla. I do think you tell Michael Bourn good riddance.

But other than that, I have no answers. We’ve changed managers. We’ve changed players. The choking never stops. The inability to win at Turner Field in October never stops. Maybe we just need to be like Cubs fans and accept that we are destined to a lifetime of failure in the postseason.

The Truth

October 5th, 2012
8:49 pm

Champagne for St. Louis and the usual Piss for Atlanta …

Braves fan serving overseas

October 5th, 2012
8:49 pm

Well, getting up early to watch the boys lose was not fun. 12 am local here in Middle East. But watching them lose because a multitude of bad things (umpires, errors, men left on base) was harder. I wish Chipper the best and he (in my books) will go down as the best Braves player in history. I am looking forward to this offseason to see what we do. Regardless the outcome Go Braves and thanks for memorable last season Chipper!

KC

October 5th, 2012
8:50 pm

This just in: The NFL replacement refs from the Green Bay / Seattle Monday Night game showed up to umpire the NL Wild Card game!!!

SONINO JOHN PAUL SCARDELLETTI - A CHRISTIAN

October 5th, 2012
8:50 pm

“ATLANTA IS BURNING!”

ATLANTA IS BURNING!
BRAVES FANS YELL “FOUL!”
FEEL THEY GOT CHEATED,
MAN, DID THEY HOWL!

INFIELD FLY RULE,
UMPS DID CALL.
FOLKS LITTERED DIAMOND,
CAUSED GAME TO STALL.

I THOUGHT A RIOT,
WOULD BREAK OUT.
THANKFULLY IT DIDN’T,
BUT THERE WAS DOUBT.

NOW THOSE CARDINALS,
NATIONALS THEY’LL PLAY.
5 GAME SERIES,
BEGINS SUNDAY.

GOD BLESS

SONINO JOHN PAUL SCARDELLETTI – A CHRISTIAN

norris

October 5th, 2012
8:50 pm

should have been bases loaded 1 out and who knows what could have happened?

Spartacus

October 5th, 2012
8:50 pm

You know, as disappointing as this loss was….it prevented just prolonging the torture. This team as presently constituted clearly didn’t have the heart to win the WS….so might as lose now rather than just stringing out the fans longer for even bigger disappointment.

Just hope the bad Karma doesn’t spread to the Dawgs and Falcons this weekend!!!

Ghost of Gil Garrido

October 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

Unbelievable. Horrible call, and I hate that the season ends like this for the Braves and a career ends like this for Chipper. All deserve better. What the hell, baseball gods?

Ilovechipper

October 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

We will miss u chipper! Who cares about the playoffs! It’s all about u chipper!

soullrenaissance

October 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

The most over-hyped non-clutch hitter in history. Chipper Jones

don

October 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

Joe Simpson apologizes almost as much as Obama. I’d put them on the same level which is somewhere between morons and idiots.

Al Goldstein

October 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

Worst call in baseball! Had the NFL loaned the replacement refs to the National league. Many of the umpires calls are questionable especially balls & strikes but this missed call was open to all eyes.Anybody who thinks this call was right is going to vote for obama.

Biff Pocoroba

October 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

Not Ready Fredi blamed it on the hitting coach last year and thought that we needed two hitting coaches. Who will be the scapegoat this year?

Ilovechipper

October 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

We will miss u chipper! Who cares about the playoffs! It’s all about u chipper!

norris

October 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

we didnt have the pitching to win a world series. we have medlen and hudson and thats it. and we havent been hitting that well.

norris

October 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

we didnt have the pitching to win a world series. we have medlen and hudson and thats it. and we havent been hitting that well.

joemustgo

October 5th, 2012
8:52 pm

If that embarrases you so much Joe , do us all a favor and call another team’s games.

Wrecker

October 5th, 2012
8:52 pm

People and pundits in other cities are always stating that Braves’ fans do not care. I think the influx of garbage on the field, even though wrong, demonstrates clearly that Braves’ fans care very much.

Russell

October 5th, 2012
8:52 pm

Questionable call? It was blatantly wrong!! Don’t cover for the umpires.

Michael

October 5th, 2012
8:52 pm

Well, it is a tough loss for sure. But I am still proud of my Braves!

BierBreth

October 5th, 2012
8:52 pm

This loss isn’t the umpires’ fault. This team, as it has done time and again, choked when it counted most. The Cards wanted it more and were the better team, despite the Braves’ having owned them in the season. What a lame, weak, and pathetic bunch of losers. I hope the ‘end of an era’ comments we keep hearing mean the end of failed expectations. There is no reason on Earth why this team should have gotten beat tonight, except for the fact that it’s a well-established normal thing for them to choke when it means the most. Goodbye, Chipper. I hope you enjoy that losing taste for the rest of your days.

Go Jackets

October 5th, 2012
8:52 pm

I loved Freddi Freemans play……he should be the vocal leader now in the clubhouse.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

ROY, THEY WILL GIVE THEM MEDALS! I HOPE THEY GOT GOOD SECURITY. THEYS A LOT O’ VERY DRUNK, PISSED OFF REDNECKS IN THE VICINITY!
JOE SIMPSON’S TIME IN ATLANTA IS DONE, I HOPE HE CATCHES A NETWORK JOB. IF HE’S ON NEXT YEAR, I SHALL TUNE IN BY RADIO. PLEASE JOE, GO BACK TO THE LEFT COAST!

Sam

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

Medlen did fine, if it weren’t for Chipper and Simmons’ errors, the Cards would have only had 3 runs.

Spartacus

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

the Curse of the Braves continues…..

We are the Buffalo Bills of MLB

The Truth

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

Chipper is not reevant now and has not been for years. Good ridence, dude …. Probably be selling hot dogs at the Varsity next year. Better use of talent ….

The Truth

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

Chipper is not relevant now and has not been for years. Good ridence, dude …. Probably be selling hot dogs at the Varsity next year. Better use of talent ….

done

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

LF ump should not be making that call. since he did 1) SS was not underneath ball 2)made call way too late. Don’t tell me the SS peeled off because he heard ump call infield fly. SS never looked at ump when ball hit grass. Poor poor poor call. Almost as bad as Eric Gregg (RIP)

Blazerdawg

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

GG STL. You played D better than my Bravos.

Please do not take the vital over the IFR call as being against the Cards. This issue is deeper and goes back to Hrbek pulling Gant, Gregg’s one-sided strike zone, and a number os slights/errors against the Braves.

Blazerdawg

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

GG STL. You played D better than my Bravos.

Please do not take the vital over the IFR call as being against the Cards. This issue is deeper and goes back to Hrbek pulling Gant, Gregg’s one-sided strike zone, and a number os slights/errors against the Braves.

NatzFan

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

I root for the Nats and I agree that was one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen. The Braves deserved a better ending because they played tough all year. Sorry to see Chipper’s season end like that — one of the classiest players ever. See you guys next year; we’ll bop the Cards for you.

barves

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

Sam Holbrook better run out of town F A S T

Ted

October 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

Oh shut up and stop complaining and whining. You Braves fans get exactly what you deserve. If the Braves were any good anyway they would have won the division outright. I hope all the redneck Braves fans are disappointed tonight. I read that Atlanta is one of the dirtiest cities, it certainly lived up to that moniker tonight. HA HA HA HA HA

Greg

October 5th, 2012
8:54 pm

This is why I gave up watching baseball after the last strike. Terrible play by all.

norris

October 5th, 2012
8:54 pm

Only an absolute idiott would say that was classless. The team and the fans should have just walked out of the stadium. a bad call is a bad call but that was plain horrible. and not one other umpire over ruled it. which is amazing. somebody made a lot of money on that one.

Michael

October 5th, 2012
8:54 pm

BierBreth, sorry but I have to look down on your taste.

TS

October 5th, 2012
8:54 pm

Embarrassed? No way. I was proud of ATL fans throwing the debris. That call was so atrocious, the fans did their part to make sure it go the attention it deserves.

ricocarty21

October 5th, 2012
8:54 pm

This is just an other disappointment. I use to think it was Bobby Cox . Now I know the Braves are just losers. Two world series championships in 100 years when they should have had 15. I am just done with them. Chipper choked, Bourn choked, when it mattered most just like every other year. Good Riddance. I am going to read books , screw baseball.

Ilovechipper

October 5th, 2012
8:55 pm

Yes. Chipper got a hit in his last at bat. I’m sure that made his night! It made mine! Way to go out on top chipper.

GT and Braves Fan

October 5th, 2012
8:55 pm

I just want to see if the media destroys the umpires and has them replaced. just like the replacement refs….Bet they don’t because the media is gutless. We should replace the current structure of our media, because of their bias. They should stand for truth and not favoritism of political parties, unions. They play an important part for our society…if they are consistent this game will be played from start from point of mistake and have the Braves load the bases, apologize to braves and tell them all close calls will go their way for rest of game (no bias here ;-)

goober

October 5th, 2012
8:55 pm

@i am right~If you’re going to call someone stupid at least use the word “your” in the proper context. “Your” is not the same as “you’re”. “You’re” welcome.

Hicks Hayseed

October 5th, 2012
8:55 pm

Sam Holbrook’s Wikipedia page has been locked since he made the bad call. Gee, I wonder why? Among his notable contributions in the field of aggressively bad umpiring, he is the fellow who ejected Greinke for spiking the ball in frustration, and action which was in no way directed towards Holbrook or the umpiring crew. He has a heck of a fine career ahead of him as an Eric Gregg impersonator — he’s already got the girth. Sure, the Braves were blowing the game pretty much every inning, so did Holbrook feel like the Cardinals needed any help? Rich Garcia, Don Denkinger, Jim Joyce, and the ghost of Eric Gregg are all thanking Sam Holbrook for positioning himself to be known hereafter as the worst umpire in baseball history. A thoroughly disgusting display of arrogant incompetence.

norris

October 5th, 2012
8:56 pm

Ted…your a loser

HSM

October 5th, 2012
8:56 pm

Headlines, does your babysitter know you’re up?
I’m with Ebeneezer: FIRE Joe Simpson!

HSM

October 5th, 2012
8:56 pm

Headlines, does your babysitter know you’re up?
I’m with Ebeneezer: FIRE Joe Simpson!

Jack

October 5th, 2012
8:56 pm

A few observations:
1) The infield-fly call was questionable to say the least. The umpire raised his arm at the last minute, and neither Cardinal player could have seen it.
2) That said, this call did not cost the Braves the ball game. Terrible fielding by the Braves, along with timely hitting by St. Louis, did that.
3) The behavior of the Atlanta fans was disgraceful. Nothing can warrant the kind of boorish, low-rent acts that threatened the health of the players and delayed the game almost 20 minutes.
4) Farewell, Chipper Jones. It’s really too bad your last game will be remembered for such questionable umpiring and shameful fan behavior.

moorman

October 5th, 2012
8:56 pm

braves management should send joe simpson a message. his ole high and might talk is one reason atlanta is known for a town that wants “character” guys on their sports teams, but funny thing is, they cant win with clean cut guys………

billy

October 5th, 2012
8:56 pm

I am a Mets fan, had the game on, yes, slopy play by the Braves, but THAT call
was awful…..I wonder who had that ump in his pocket….I am smelling a black sox sort of thing going on here….

barves

October 5th, 2012
8:56 pm

Ted, you made some excellent points, but i can’t help but feel you are a very bad troll. Maybe you should go back to college.

Horribly disappointing. Ben Ingram on the radio sounded like he wanted to punch someone in the face.

bitman

October 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

Hey Headlnes – how many times are you going to push that button. Talk about Classless. Impatient Jerk.

g h parker

October 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

Been attending and watching the Braves since they moved here in ‘66. Not sure I have EVER witnessed anything as bizarre as this “game”. Bad fielding really lost this game,nothing else.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

October 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

TED, PLEASE GO SOMEWHERE AND TRY TO IMPREGNATE YOURSELF!

done

October 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

Curse of Leyritz

Fredo

October 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

Hey Braves .. tough!

“And left to wonder what might have been if not for that umpire’s call in the eighth”
field that ball correctly like you’ve done all year, and hit … well you haven’t hit good in a while so that’s pointless …. but field the ball correctly and you could have been riding Meds into the Division series instead of stewing over a call that shouldn’t have affected the game if you had just done your job right.

Ted

October 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

BYE BYE BRAVES! HA HA HA HA HA That has a nice ring to it.

Ted

October 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

I am a 15 year kid transplant from suburban Chicago that goes to Wheeler HS, cannot get a date, and have unresolved “growth” issues

Jimmy Crack

October 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

I’ve lived here a long time…

It’s like a sports nightmare.

Automatic Out Uggla

October 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

There is no way possible Uggla can stay an Atlanta Brave. Terrible signing and even worse excuse of a player. It has been two seasons now of not earning his keep. Heck, he even struggles just throwing the ball to first base.

sid

October 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

Al Gore says it’s the altitude that causes the Braves to choke, year after year.

Big Papa Dawg

October 5th, 2012
8:58 pm

Three errors and terrible clutch hitting sank this season the call was awful but did not cost the game. Would have been better if Larry had oled that ball like he usually did. that’s ole

mark

October 5th, 2012
8:58 pm

I have never been more proud of my Braves fans!!!! don’t take that crap laying down, those highlights will foreever be remembered fo the worst call in playoff history. We hate loosing and will not toleate getting rooked,cheated or anything else ….show me a good looser and ill show you a looser

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