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Atlanta Braves Wild Card Game

Complete information on the Atlanta Braves Wild Card play-in game.

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Errors Doom Braves, Fall To Cards In Wild Card

Braves errors, a bad call by an umpire, and poor situational hitting doomed Atlanta as they fall to the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card game.

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Braves Go Out Like A Lamb

Bottom of the ninth (Cards 6, Braves 3):

Prado grounds out sharply to second base for the first out of the inning. Heyward flies out to left field for the second out. Chipper acknowledges the crowd before his at-bat. He gets jammed and breaks his bat, grounding up the middle. An acrobatic play by the second baseman can't get Chipper at first, as the first baseman couldn't find the bag. Freeman then hits a ground rule double to left field. Uggla grounds out to second to end the game. The Cards and the umpires hurry off the field as more debris rains down from the angry fans.

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Braves Screwed By Blue In The Eighth

Bottom of the eighth (Cards 6, Braves 3):

Mitchell Boggs on in relief for the Cards. Freeman walks to lead off the inning. Uggla hits into what should have been a double play, but a bobble by the shortstop and hustle by Uggla only led to one out at second. Ross continues his hot hitting by lacing a single over the infield to center field. Simmons works a full count and hits a pop-up behind third. A miscommunication by the Cardinal defenders lets the ball drop, but the stupid outfield umpire calls the infield fly rule (on a ball 40 feet into the outfield), and Simmons is out, but the runners do advance to second and third.

Fredi Gonzalez comes out to argue, but the umpires won't listen. The fans respond by throwing bottles and cans of all kinds onto the field, causing a delay to the game.

That was a horrible call by the umpires. It was by no means an automatic out, and the fielder was not camped under the ball, as evidenced by the infielder thinking the outfielder was calling him off. It's "Posey was out" all over again. The Braves are screwed again by blue.

Fredi Gonzalez has put the Braves under protest by the Braves.

Because of the long delay, the Cards go to their closer Jason Motte, and the Braves go to their bench for Brian McCann. A patient at-bat by Mac loads the bases with a walk. Bourn works a full count, but strikes out to end the inning.

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Braves Add One Thanks To Constanza

Bottom of the seventh (Cards 6, Braves 3):

Edward Mujica comes on in relief for the Cards. Simmons pops up for the first out. Jose Constanza pinch hits for the pitcher, and laces a ball to right-center, past the center fielder for a triple. Bourn grounds out softly to second, but does his job and gets the run home, after a tough at-bat. Prado singles through the hole on the left side of the infield to extend the inning.

Mujica is relieved by the left-hander Marc Rzepczynski, in to face the left-handed hitting Jason Heyward. Heyward squibs a ball of the end of the bat and into no man's land in left-center. As the ball gets away from Holliday, Heyward advances to second. But Chipper grounds out to second base to end the inning.

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Braves Bumble Away More Runs As Cards Add To Lead

Top of the seventh (Cards 6, Braves 2):

Medlen still on the mound at 83 pitches. Freese works a full count and grounds out to Uggla, who bobbles the ball, and then throws wide of first for an error. Freese goes to second on the error and is pinch run for by Adron Chambers. Descalso bunts back to the pitcher and Medlen's only play is the sure out at first.

Fredi Gonzalez comes to get Medlen, who pitches well, but was the victim of two errors, including the costly error by Chipper in the fourth. The fans give Meds a standing ovation as he exits. Chad Durbin comes on in relief.

Kozma grounds out to Simmons with the infield in, and after bobbling the ball, he too throws wildly to home for an error. The run scores and Kozma advances to second. Gonzalez goes back to the bullpen for Jonny Venters.

Left-hander Matt Carpenter is the pinch hitter for the Cardinals. He grounds weekly between the pitcher and first baseman, Venters fields the ball and misses the tag. Meanwhile Kozma scores from second. Jay mercifully grounds into a 6-3 double play, but the damage is done with two more unearned runs.

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Cards Add Another Run On Holliday HR

Top of the sixth (Cards 4, Braves 2):

Beltran leads off with a fly ball to center. Matt Holliday rips a home run to left field on a 1-2 pitch. It looks like Medlen didn't put that ball where he wanted to, missing Ross' glove. Craig grounds out to the shortstop for the second out. Molina ground out to third to end the inning.

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Cards Take 3-2 Lead On Chipper Error

Top of the fourth (Cards 3, Braves 2):

Beltran leads off with a soft single over the infield to right field for the Cards first hit of the game. Holliday hits a scorcher to Chipper at third who tries to start the double-play but throws the ball over Uggla covering second for an error. Beltran advances to third, Holliday stays at first.

Craig laces a 3-1 pitch to the left-center field gap for a double, Beltran scores the Cards first run. Molina grounds out to second to tie the game at 2. Freese hits a fly ball to center which scores Craig from third, and the Cards take the lead 3-2. Descalso flies out to right to end the inning.

That Chipper error was huge. From two out in the inning to two on and no outs. All of those runs should be unearned.

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Two-Run Home Run By David Ross Gives Braves Lead

Bottom of the second:

Chipper Jones starts off the Braves half of the second with a strikeout after working a full count. Freddie Freeman whiffs for the second out on a nasty slurve. Dan Uggla works a full count walk on a boarderline pitch for the Braves first baserunner.

Then with a 1-2 count, David Ross asked for time late, and was granted time late. Lohse threw a pitch anyway, and Ross swung threw it for what would have been strike three, but time had been called. Then the next pitch, David Ross deposited into the left-center field stands for a 2-run home run.

Andrelton Simmons follows with a single through the middle. Kris Medlen bunts the first pitch and is thrown out at first, but the Braves jump on the board with two runs thanks to Rossy. I guess Fredi Gonzalez looks like a genius now.

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J-Hey Saves A HR In 2nd Inning

Top of the second:
Yadier Molina drove a ball to the opposite field off Medlen that Jason Heyward caught at the top of the wall, batting the sun the entire way, likely taking away a home run. Biggest play of the day so far, and an amazingly difficult play.

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Medlen bounces back and strikes out David Freese, and gets Daniel Descalso to ground out to Freeman at first.

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Braves vs. Cardinals Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups

Projected lineups for the Braves vs. Cardinals Wild Card play-in game, with batter vs. pitcher stats.

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