The Cardinals, in the first NL one-game winner-take-all wild-card playoff on October 6, 2012, beat the hometown Braves, 6-3, in a game that will be best remembered for a disputed infield fly rule call in the eighth inning.
The irate Turner Field fans show their displeasure with the umpires’ decision on what appears to be a key Redbird error on a dropped pop fly in the outfield by littering the playing field with debris, causing a 19-minute delay while the ground crew cleans up the assorted trash.
Dan Uggla, always a home run threat, comes up representing the tying run with two outs in the ninth. Uggla fouls off Motte’s first offering. 0-1. Motte’s second pitch? Slider outside. 1-1. Motte throws a strike right at Uggla’s knees. 1-2. The Braves are down to their last strike again. Uggla hits a routine ground ball to first and it’s over!
It was Chipper’s last game. Chipper didn’t want to go out this way. He made a crucial throwing error and never hit a ball out of the infield, his brilliant career ending with a 6-3 loss’
Don’t blame the umps, Jones said. “I’m the one to blame.” In the fourth inning, with the Braves leading 2-0 on David Ross’ homer, Carlos Beltran blooped a single to right for the first hit of the game off Kris Medlen. But the Braves got what they needed from Matt Holliday, a hard-hit grounder to third base that Jones fielded with a nifty backhanded grab.