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Braves lose, fans trash field

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The first ever Wild Card game versus the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals was a wild one to say the least.

In Chipper Jones' last season before retirement, things didn't end the way Jones, fans, or the team wanted.  They lost 6 to 3 in another heartbreaker.

Despite leaving a number of men on the bases and three errors by the Braves, the call that shook the crowd came in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Runners were on first and second when Andrelton Simmons hit a high pop fly into left field.  Two fielders for the Cardinals went to catch the ball, got their signals messed up and the ball dropped in between the two.  Fans went nuts thinking the bases were now loaded with one out.

But what happened next left fans stunned as the left field umpire Sam Holbrook called Simmons out under the infield fly rule -- even though the ball landed way beyond the dirt in left field.

"It was nuts, something I have never seen before. I have never seen anything like that," Tommy Polmaszek said.  "I am very disappointed not to win, but to see Chipper's last game is great. But, it is much more enjoyable to take the win. Unfortunately the umpires get to advance in the playoffs."

Braves fans showed just how unhappy they were with the call by throwing trash onto the field. That caused a small delay while the grounds crew cleared the trash.

The official attendance for the wild card game was 52,631.  As those tens of thousands of fans poured out of Turner Field, all they talked about was the call about the infield fly rule.

"You never want to remember an umpire when you are thinking of a game," David Feldman said.  "And we are always going to remember that call and Chipper's last game and it leaves a bad taste in our mouth."

The Cardinals advance to the National League Division Series to take on the Washington Nationals.

With Kris Medlen starting for the Braves he had won 23 record setting consecutive games.  In fact, he hadn't lost since 2010.  Now, Medlen starts his post season career, with his first start and first loss.

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