Originally posted 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.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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