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Chipper Jones in the Dugout

Chipper Jones in the Dugout

Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves were looking forward to playing in the Florida Marlins’ new ballpark in 2012, especially after this difficult loss on September 18, 2011.

Jones lost Emilio Bonifacio’s two-out chopper in the lights before Omar a game-ending homer off rookie closer Craig Kimbrel, giving the Marlins a 6-5 victory.

“You play baseball in a football stadium, I guess that happens from time to time, but it’s just extremely bad timing,” Jones said. “It’s a pretty helpless feeling when the game should be over and I had no clue where the ball was when it bounced.”

Atlanta had dropped three of four, and its NL wild-card lead was down to 2½ games over surging St. Louis, which beat Roy Halladay and the Phillies 4-3 in Philadelphia on the same day. The Braves had eight games remaining, compared to nine for the Cardinals.

Entering the final month of the regular season with a record of 80–55 and an 8 12-game lead in the Wild Card standings, the Braves went 9–18 in September to finish the season with a record of 89–73. This September collapse caused the team to fall one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card race after the final scheduled game of the season, which consequently eliminated them from postseason contention.