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Major League Baseball Shoots Down Atlanta Braves Protest of Wild Card Game

October 6th, 2012 at 1:51 AM
By Cody Fields

Major League Baseball has denied the protest under which the Atlanta Braves protested Friday night's National League Wild Card game in their loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, espn.com reports.

While trailing 6-3 in the eighth inning with runners at first and second and one out, Andrelton Simmons hit a pop-up into left field that was just shallow enough for Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma to make an effort on it, but he seemed to have a mix-up in communication with Matt Holliday and the ball fell safely to the ground.

The runners moved up, and it seemed like the Braves had the bases loaded and primed for a comeback.

Left field umpire Sam Holbrook had other ideas as he called an infield fly rule and ruled Simmons out on the play, despite the fact that Kozma was nearly 100 feet into the outfield.

MLB would deny the Braves' protest, saying the call is based on an umpire's judgment and not able to be overturned.

Immediately following the blown call, the game was delayed for 18 minutes due to fans throwing bottles and other objects onto the field.

Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Matt Holliday, MLB, Pete Kozma, Sam Holbrook, St. Louis Cardinals

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