Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 5/4/13
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ATLANTA By the time Jordan Schafer made significant contact Friday night, he already knew the ball was sailing in the wrong direction. New York Mets center fielder, Marlon Byrd, had a beat on the potential sacrifice fly, one that was intended to score substitute third baseman Ramiro Pena from third to break a ninth-inning tie. In fact, it was hit right at Byrd. "If it's to his left or right there's probably a good chance the game's over," Schafer said. Instead, given the trajectory of the ball's flight, Byrd was able to position himself to take a running start toward home plate as the ball neared his glove, creating enough momentum to deter Pena from trying to score. And he did; when the throw came in, Pena stayed put. He was eventually stranded on-base with the game tied 5-5, and the Braves (17-12) would go on to lose 7-5 in extra innings their third-consecutive loss at Turner Field. "Wish I could have got that ball on the barrel a little more we'd have been home already," ...
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