Chipper Jones nailed it early on with this Braves team – they are either really good or the Bad News Bears show up. A one-game wild card playoff was the worst possible time for the worst-case scenario, but that’s what the Braves were left to face.
One false move in a one-game playoff can spell doom. The Braves made three of them in a 6-3 loss to the Cardinals. A Braves team that lead the National League in fielding percentage this season (.986) and allowed a league-low 86 errors committed three throwing errors Friday night leading to four unearned runs.
“What hurts (is) lead the league in fielding percentage all year long and today we didn’t handle the ball quite the way we’ve done,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “…We didn’t handle the baseball like we have. It’s something we’re proud of the last couple of years here defensively. And it came back and bit us.”
Jones was the reluctant ringleader, making the first of three Braves throwing errors in the game. Dan Uggla