Well, we knew the one-game wild card playoff would be intense. But this went beyond anything we could have anticipated.
Bottom line: the Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 and advance to the National League Division Series to take on the Washington Nationals starting Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
Of course, what’s being most talked about right now is an infield fly rule call by the umpires on a fly ball by Andrelton Simmons. Here’s how Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo Sports describes it
With one out in the eighth inning and runners on first and second, Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons hit a fly ball to left field. The ball dropped in between backpedaling shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday and it looked as if the Braves would have the bases loaded with one out to stage a rally from their three-run deficit. Left field umpire Sam Holbrook, however, made a delayed infield fly rule call, despite the ball landing at least 60 feet from the infield dirt. The call ruled Simmons out for the second out of the inning and an angry Turner Field crowd responded by showering the field with garbage.
The end result of that was an 18-minute delay and a protest by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, although the call by the ump was upheld.
Here’s are quick looks at the game from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Jenifer Langosch of Cardinals.com.
And check back tomorrow for more from us.
In the meantime, it’s time to celebrate. The march for #12 in ’12 officially moves on!