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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. ninjasports - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:06 PM

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  2. savior72 - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    2 years in a row the Braves choke and help the cardinals, I’m really starting to like that team!

  3. schmedley69 - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Braves Fans: “We don’t always attend games, but when we do, we prefer to throw Dos Equis.”

  4. randygnyc - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Aceshigh- lmao@u. This is what an unhinged liberal looks like. It’s their normal state.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Debate was a Conservative wet dream.

  5. pantherpro - Oct 6, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Dear Redneck tea party losers! There is no god to save you know! Even Romeys BS can’t save you

    Big Bird

    • rarson - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Dear idiot on a sports website: nobody cares. Shut the hell up.

  6. 49ersgiants4life - Oct 6, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    I bet all these people saying that braves fans are trash for throwing stuff on the field would of done the same thing if their team made it to the “playoffs” and had a momentum changing call against their team whether they were winning or losing. The MLB stands by the call too what jackasses admit a mistake so fans can respect it.

    • bluesfan58 - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      “Would of” done? If you can’t spell or don’t know how to use proper English, how can your comments about baseball be expected to have any legitimacy? When you use a contraction for “would have”, it is “would’ve”. Having said that, yes, there are always morons everywhere who feel that throwing trash on the field is a great way to show their displeasure. That just makes them stupid — like the people in Atlanta yesterday.

  7. zbilyeu7 - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    So I guess you guys want to forget the timeout that wasn’t and the play where Craig clearly hit the bag with his foot. Poor officiating all around. The team that didn’t choke won tonight. Bunch of babies

  8. chumthumper - Oct 6, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    At first, I thought it was a bit tacky the way the Cards celebrated in the locker room like they had won game 7 of the WS when they really haven’t won anything except the chance to play again. But then having to put up with the trashy fan behavior, I say they were warranted in splashing celebratory bubbly all over the place.

  9. chipfan04 - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Act like Braves fans are the only ones who’ve ever delayed a game like that. I was in Stl in 98 and McGwire got tossed in the first inning, and they delayed that game nearly an hour to clean up trash.

  10. imaduffer - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    I love it when the Braves fans do the Tommy Choke. Now everybody, ooo ooo ooo oo were going to choke again…

  11. marteshoes1326 - Oct 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    timmons: St. Louis is a hellhole and you live in Pitts-burgh? You certainly can’t see the forest from the trees as if there were either in that god-forsaken place. Does anyone travel to Pitts-burgh for pleasure? I didn’t think so.

    • dannythebisforbeast - Oct 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      anyone travel to st louis to see a metal rainbow?

  12. jucam1 - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    What a classless end of season for a classless and weak fan base…. Happy to see the Braves did what they always do by chocking…. Take it easy “chipper” hope you have saved up enough to pay for the 8 illagitamite kids you’ve left all over the south….

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