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Omar Infante stuns Braves with walkoff blast, wild card lead down to 2 1/2 games

Sep 19, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

Dan Uggla, Craig Kimbrel

The National League Wild Card race just got, well, pretty wild.

Craig Kimbrel had the Marlins down to their final strike in the bottom of the ninth inning tonight, but the rookie closer served up a walkoff two-run home run to former Brave Omar Infante en route to a stunning 6-5 loss. The home run followed a single by Emilio Bonifacio which was originally ruled as an error on Chipper Jones.

Kimbrel has allowed home runs in consecutive appearances after giving up just one over his first 75 games. Perhaps this is just something fluky, but one wonders if his heavy workload is finally catching up to him.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals survived a ninth inning rally to beat the Phillies 4-3. Kyle Lohse allowed an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the victory, besting Roy Halladay.

Following tonight’s action, the Braves hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Cardinals in the Wild Card race. It’s actually two games if you count the loss column. And don’t forget about the suddenly hot Giants, who are 3 1/2 back. The Braves have eight games remaining while the Cardinals and Giants will play nine apiece.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 19, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    While the Beanbags are taking out a lot of pent-up frustration on the Orioles in game 2 tonight, and Omar Infante was seeking and finding retribution for the seventh inning error that allowed the Braves’ then-go-ahead run to score, let us not neglect to mention the Iron Giant’s continuing pursuit of the X-Prize with two ridiculous moonshots – one in the first inning into the tenth row of the upper deck, and the other to the very back of the blue seats in the deepest part of Joeprodolsharklife Stadium in the third.

    Personally, I think both of those were actually hit in Washington but the Feesh decided to allow them to come down at home.

  2. skippyx - Sep 20, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    He is still the 10th best “closer” in the National League!

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