(ATLANTA) — The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Friday night, to advance to the NLDS against the Washington Nationals.
The win didn’t come without some controversy. In the bottom of the eighth the Braves had a man on first and second with one out when shortstop Andrelton Simmons hit a short fly ball into left field which fell between Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday and Pete Kozma. The Braves thought that it was a hit, but the umpires called the infield fly rule, which automatically rules Simmons out. The call was followed by fans throwing everything they could onto the field delaying the game close to 20 minutes.
The Braves protested the game, but the executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre denied the request, saying it was a “judgement call.”
“You know that call is kind of a grey area,” Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said, who was playing his final Major League game. “I’m not willing to say that particular call cost us the ballgame. Ultimately three errors cost us the ballgame…mine probably being the biggest.”
Jones error occured in the fourth-inning when he threw away a double-play ball that ignited a three-run inning from the Cardinals.
Kyle Lohse pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball to get the win.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN