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Wild Card Games Recap: Wild Carder

You’ve heard about this by now, haven’t you? Goog doesn’t agree with me on it, and I don’t expect him to or anything like that. The Braves put a pair of runners on in the late innings, and things seem cool until Andrelton Simmons hits a popup into short left-center field. As the shortstop drifts backwards, there is some miscommunication between him and the left-fielder and the ball drops between them. The runners advance and the bases are loaded, or so you would think until one of the umpires calls for the infield-fly rule and call Simmons out. Terrible call, or terribly timed call? You be the judge. One garbage shower later, the field is a mess and Braves fans are still pissed. The Cardinals escape the inning unharmed and ultimately win the game. More garbage.

Now you could certainly argue that the Braves got themselves into this mess with the utterly abysmal defense that they played throughout the game. And you could certainly argue that regular one-game playoffs are an abomination which simply highlight the damage caused by this call. Whatever, you could argue that. In fact those  are probably the only rational arguments considering how the game played out and how the inning in particular went. So I guess I’ll leave it at that and avoid discussing the specifics of the call itself.

Hi Goog.

Goog: Hi! As Robbie said, I wasn’t upset by the call at all. I think this explanation by Harold Reynolds does a good job of laying out what happened and why it wasn’t a bad call. Ultimately, it had little impact on the game, and the Atlanta fans did more to bring shame to themselves than the umpires did.

I predicted the Orioles would win this game, and holy cow, I was right. I guess that means that Wild Card games really are unpredictable and stupid in a sport like baseball. Well anyway, Joe Saunders way outperformed expectations, while Yu Darvish pitched admirably despite some sort of back/neck injury that flared up in the sixth. The Orioles never really had a “big” inning until the 9th, when Joe Nathan surrendered two runs and seemed to guarantee that the Orioles would go on to challenge New York for payback for the last fifteen years. But Jim Johnson allowed the Rangers to load the bases with two outs in the 9th, and it seemed for a second that the O’s improbable season might indeed collapse on them after all until David Murphy flied out to left. So the Rangers build their newfound rep as chokers just a little more, while Baltimore continues an unlikely run. A fun Friday night.

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  1. October 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Reblogged this on emegaspot2.

  2. Sean Breslin
    October 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    The Braves have nobody to blame but themselves, but wow…what a horrible call.

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