WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Wild Card round defeat of the Atlanta Braves means the Nationals will travel to St. Louis on Sunday for Game 1 of the NLDS.
The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves will be remembered for more than just Major League Baseball’s one-game Wild Card debut.
With runners on first and second in the bottom of the 8th – Atlanta trailing St. Louis 6-3 – Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons hit a bloop fly ball that dropped over the head of Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma onto the fringe of left field, which should have loaded the bases for Atlanta.
In a weak moment for MLB umpires that wreaked of a Packers-Seahawks Monday Night Football game, the left field umpire ruled the play an infield fly, calling Simmons out and denying the Braves the opportunity to load the bases.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez argued the call with the wrath of a young Bobby Cox and Atlanta fans voiced their exponential disapproval by unleashing a rainstorm of boos and trash onto the field.
The decision would not be overturned and Atlanta would not score again, advancing the Cardinals onto the National League Division Series against Washington – set to begin in St. Louis on Sunday at 3 p.m.