Wild-card game halted over fans outrage at umps
The Atlanta Braves played their NL wild-card playoff game at
Turner Field under protest after fans littered the field with trash
over a disputed infield fly call that led to a 19-minute delay.
Trailing 6-3 in the eighth inning Friday, the Braves appeared to
catch a break when a fly ball to short left field dropped between
St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday after
a mix-up over who had it.
But just before the ball dropped, left field umpire Sam Holbrook
signaled an automatic out because of the infield fly rule, designed
to prevent a team from intentionally dropping a popup in order to
get extra outs with more than one runner on base.
Instead of Atlanta having the bases loaded with one out,
Andrelton Simmons was called out. The fans immediately started
hurling cups and trash, covering the field.