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Braves throw away their postseason hopes in loss to Cardinals

Oct 5, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

Chipper Jones AP

As tempting as it is to blame Fredi Gonzalez for managing a winner-take-all game as if it were just another regular-season game or umpire Sam Holbrook for his brutal infield-fly call, the fact that the Braves lost to the Cardinals 6-3 on Friday can be chalked up to poor defense from a team that made the fewest errors in the National League this year.

- Up 2-0, third baseman Chipper Jones threw a potential double-play ball over the head of Dan Uggla and into right field in the fourth inning, opening the door for the Cardinals to score three runs.

- Second baseman Dan Uggla bobbled and then threw away David Freese‘s grounder with the Braves down 4-2. Freese took second on the play.

- After a sac bunt advanced the pinch-runner, Pete Kozma hit a grounder to shortstop. Andrelton Simmons bobbled the ball and then foolishly threw home anyway. Not only did the run score, but Kozma was able to go to second when the throw went wide.

- It wasn’t an error, but the Cards scored again in the seventh to go up 6-2 when a Matt Carpenter swinging bunt turned into an infield single and an RBI, as Kozma scored from second after pitcher Jonny Venters missed the tag and had his momentum carry him past the first base line.

Atlanta went on to lose from there despite outhitting the Cardinals 12-6 and outwalking them 3-0. This one isn’t on Gonzalez or Holbrook; it’s all on the Braves.

  1. phillyphever - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I’m thinking Craig’s not happy right now.

    • indaburg - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      Was that the primal howl I heard?

      It was an ugly, sloppy game. Bad plays, bad call, and bad fans. Sorry, Chipper. You deserved a better last game.

      • mavajo - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        Thumbs down for the stupid “bad fans” comment. To the best of my knowledge, no one on the field suffered harm from the trash. Can’t say the same for the official with the egregiously bad call that potentially wiped out two more home playoff games for a city, and ended a baseball legends career a couple games early.

        True, the Braves lost this game because of terrible defense. But they played 162 games to earn the right to lose on their own terms — they didn’t deserve to have an overly officious douche bag potentially cost them the game too.

      • indaburg - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

        I stand by my comment. Any fan who throws objects on the field is a bad fan. There is no excuse to ever throw an object on the field, no matter how bad the call.

      • phillyphever - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        You were saying mavajo?

      • mavajo - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        Did he suffer harm? No.

      • kkolchak - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM

        Trash throwing trash.

      • paperlions - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:21 PM

        Throwing anything on the field = being a bad fan.

      • forsch31 - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM

        >>>”To the best of my knowledge, no one on the field suffered harm from the trash.”

        Yeah, and that makes it right and “good.”

        Sorry, but whenever you put players and officials at risk because you’re throwing bottles at them to show your displeasure, you’re both bad and stupid.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    In effect, Atlanta “Threw The Game”!

  3. Shafer's Dealer - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    The Braves did not show up while the wrong fans did… ridiculous on both ends.

  4. chipperforever - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Can I have ten minutes of Anger and Objectivity

  5. randygnyc - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Ugly and embarrassing.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      Referring to right wing bass-turds?

  6. randygnyc - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Is Craig C ok? Obama gets schooled and now the braves implode.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      Nothing on God’s green Earth is going to get your boy, Willard, elected President.

      Four more years of the black guy named Hussein.

      Get used to it, you miserable, ignorant, lowlife, slack-jawed sack of trash.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        Way to keep it classy 11!
        Did I see you on TV throwing stuff on the field tonight?

  7. timmons94 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Brutal call. Sam Holbrook should be fired . How in the world do u make that call ? Are u kidding me

  8. istallion - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Too bad the Dodgers weren’t in instead of the bumbling choking Braves.

    • kkolchak - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Yeah, right. The Dodgers couldn’t even beat out the 88-win Cardinals with their $500 million payroll. Hanley Ramirez could have committed all three of those errors by himself.

  9. timmons94 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Lol. The same dodgers who gagged down the stretch ? Guess money can’t buy everything

  10. buffalo65 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    No, nobody likes the dodgers.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      I know you’re lying; their are millions of Dodger fans all over the world, but they are suffering from Giants envy.

  11. manchestermiracle - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Let’s hope the remainder of the playoffs are no where near this horrendous. What a collapse by the Braves’ defense. Was Holbrook one of the NFL’s replacement refs?

  12. kkolchak - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Not a great way for Chipper to go out…and the Braves fans at the stadium should be ashamed of themselves.

  13. Stiller43 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Hope the cards win it all now. How terrible would it look for that ump?!!!

    • thefalcon123 - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Okay, this is silly. That call turned a changed the situation from down 3, bases loaded, one out to down 3, two on, 2 out.

      It was a terribl call, but lets not pretend the Braves were in good position to win that game.

  14. bouwel92 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Damn i was hoping that the Braves would win the World Series so Chippee Jones could retire on a high note. O well thought, thanks Chipper for your 19 years of service youve had one hell off a carrer

    • cardsfanandi - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      It really sucks he had to go out in a game where the fans were so horrendous. Enjoy retirement, Chipper. What a career. I’ll never forget the ovation you got at Busch this year. Truly one of the greats.

  15. istallion - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    No one wants to face Mr Cy Young Clayton Kershaw in a one game series. No one!
    Unfortunately the Dream Team didn’t get it going until it was too late. We will be back!

    • kkolchak - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      Looked more like a Nightmare Team to me…bunch of overpaid veteran slackers. 90 losses next year seems about right for BosSox West.

  16. kvanhorn87 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Hey one game more than last year. Congrats on a great season. Losers!

  17. mavajo - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Braves lost because of terrible infield defense, but the Braves played 162 to earn the right to lose on their own terms — that officiating call was egregious, and that umpire should be fired. Maybe it was technically the correct call, but that rule was invented to PROTECT the offensive team – instead, it was used to screw them. Pathetic.

  18. thebadguyswon - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Same old Braves. Shocker.

  19. vincentbojackson - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Worst call in baseball since Galaraga get screwed out of a perfect game.

  20. cupete - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    MLB should prohibit the serving of beverages at Turner Field next Season except in flimsy paper or plastic cups (well at least for the opening game).

  21. timmons94 - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Not rocket science. Absolute huge part of the game. Holbrook blew it. Fans upset. Stuff happens. Lived in the Atl. For 5 yrs. saw a ton of games at turner. Never a problem. Braves fans r good fans

  22. djeter220 - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Matthew, like Ron Darling said, the first wild card game in MLB history will forever be known as “The Infield Fly Game.” It won’t be remembered as “The Throwing Error Game.” While it is fact that the Braves hurt themselves, you can’t discount a major blown call that killed the momentum of what appeared to have the makings of a big comeback inning.

  23. stlducks - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Braves still had bases loaded after the bad call and still found a way to blow it. The 20 minute delay hurt the cardinals to, they had to bring motte in earlier than expected. Plus the braves had one last chance in the 9th that they blew.

    No excuses Atlanta you lost and embarrassed your fan base on the way.

    • djeter220 - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      There is no logic to saying that because they couldn’t score with two men on and two out that they didn’t deserve to have the bases loaded one out scenario that they earned.

  24. timmons94 - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Big diff bases loaded 1 out vs 2 and mc cann vs Bourne. Get a clue stl ducks. Fans embarrassing themselves. Like a city losing an nfl team twice. Could happen in that hellhole of st Louis

  25. timmons94 - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Indaburg. I agree. But emotions run high. One fan loses his mind And all of a sudden it’s chaos. I was at 3rivers when fellow steelers fan threw beer at kordell after loss to new England.

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