Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/5/12

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The Braves-Cardinals wild card playoff game was delayed in the eighth inning after Atlanta fans began littering the field with debris in protest of a call that went against their team.


Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was batting in the bottom of the eighth with men on first and second and one out. He hit a fly ball to left field, and it fell between Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday. Atlanta thought they caught a break that would have resulted in a bases loaded and one out situation. Unfortunately, the left field umpire called the batter out on the infield fly rule right before the ball dropped.


The umpire’s ruling was a judgment call, and it meant the batter was out. Atlanta was left with men on second and third with two outs instead of bases loaded with one out down 6-3.


The fans were so upset they began littering the field with debris, causing an 18-minute delay. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez protested the call, but that hardly mattered; Atlanta’s next batter, pinch-hitter Brian McCann, walked to load the bases, but Michael Bourn struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.


In a do-or-die playoff game, there hardly is room for mistakes like this.


Braves fans won’t forgive the umpires anytime soon for this call.

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