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NL Wild Card Game

Oct 5, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

Associated Press file photo
Turner Field hosts the first-ever, winner-take-all, NL Wild Card Game.

And so the postseason has arrived. And for the first time, the Nationals have tangible reason to care about the outcome. That's because they'll be playing the winner of today's first-ever, winner-take-all, NL Wild Card Game between the Braves and Cardinals. The Nationals will all huddle around their own TV sets to watch this one, then board a plane tomorrow for either Atlanta or St. Louis and in advance of Sunday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Both managers today are sending their aces to the mound. Kris Medlen (10-1, 1.57 ERA this season) gets the ball for the Braves, who will attempt to win for the 23rd consecutive time when the right-hander starts a game. The Cardinals' Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.86 ERA) just completed the best season of his career and makes his 10th career postseason appearance (he's 0-4 with a 5.54 ERA).

Emotions surely will be strong at Turner Field, with Chipper Jones playing perhaps the final game of his Cooperstown-worthy career. In order to extend his time in uniform at least a few more days, he and his teammates will have to dethrone the reigning World Series champs.

There's nothing quite like a one-game playoff. And we've never had this much reason to watch in Washington. Enjoy the game, everyone…

NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARD GAME
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 5:07 p.m. EDT
TV: TBS
Radio: WSPZ (570 AM), XM 185
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees, Wind 3 mph out to CF

CARDINALS (88-74)
CF Jon Jay
RF Carlos Beltran
LF Matt Holliday
1B Allen Craig

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271 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Section 222 - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    He may be overthrowing, but he blew it right by Bourn. That was impressive.

  2. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    I only saw one replay, but it looked to me like Andrelton Simmons was settling under the ball. If he's parked and waiting for it, that is "ordinary effort." The umpire doesn't have to call it until just before it's caught (or not, in this case), though that call was later than it should have been.

  3. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Braves got their bases loaded and didn't score. Motte found the strike zone on the last 2 pitches!Bourn chokes!

  4. Steady Eddie - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    I wouldn't want to be a Cards fan in that crowd. And I would never imagine that about a game in DC or St. Louis. Exactly as you said, 222.

  5. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Kimbrel. Guess you have to use him.

  6. Steady Eddie - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Section 3 — Kozma, not Simmons.

  7. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Just got home…what happened? Why was the game delayed? Can't find any info other than random tweets…

  8. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    And considering the way the Braves have played this game, they can look in the mirror before they start blaming the umpires.

  9. mick - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    looks like the Cards gang!!!

  10. DannyEllinosa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Braves lost it on 3 errors.

  11. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    I did see Motte get the K with bases loaded, but missed everything else.I owe a coke to anyone who can sum up briefly :-)

  12. mick - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Sofa… AGREED!

  13. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Thanks, Eddie–I was going by the starting lineup. As I said, I just got in. Thanks for the correction.

  14. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said… I only saw one replay, but it looked to me like Andrelton Simmons was settling under the ball. If he's parked and waiting for it, that is "ordinary effort." The umpire doesn't have to call it until just before it's caught (or not, in this case), though that call was later than it should have been. October 05, 2012 8:17 PM _______________________________We don't know when he yelled infield fly rule or if he yelled it. He threw up his hand late.All in all, it would have been 6-3 with bases loaded and 1 out. There's no guarantee of anything as Boggs would have stayed in.

  15. Section 222 - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Braves fans have a sense of entitlement. They need a decade of losing.What's that stuff on Kimbrel's cap?

  16. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    3 errors? ouch. Fans got mad I guess?

  17. MicheleS - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Just remember that when the Senators left in 71 the fans stormed the field at the last game and the game was forfited. Angry fans and Alcohol don't mix anywhere. Lets hope that if something like this happened we would behave better.

  18. DannyEllinosa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    No controversy cuz of barvez errors

  19. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Ok just got caught up. Wow, crazy game.Infield fly blown call.

  20. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Gonat, that's my thinking. The Barves still got their bases loaded and choked. Maybe the score only goes to 6-4. Bourn CHOK

  21. Joe Seamhead - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Well, the call really was the correct call, but the ump made the call afpwfully late. I hope that there were some arrests made. There is no excuse for throwing anything on the field. That was disgraceful behavior from the fans.

  22. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    MicheleS said… Just remember that when the Senators left in 71 the fans stormed the field at the last game and the game was forfited. Angry fans and Alcohol don't mix anywhere. Lets hope that if something like this happened we would behave better.____________________________________________You can't be old to enough to know what happened in 1971, right?

  23. Section 222 - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    If you're looking for bad combos of alcohol and baseball fans, don't forget Bill Veeck's 10 cent beer day (in Cleveland (?)) And there's the the Disco Demolition Day disaster at the White Sox game back in the late 70s. But this is a little different. Hating the umps is normal, but wreaking havoc in the stands over a bad call is disgusting.

  24. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Michele- I doubt that would happen with the current Nats crowd. Yet in a 1 game do or die, I guess the emotions are running high (and the beer too).

  25. Swift Eagle - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Motte always looks like he's over throwing…The whole StL bullpen throws gas….going to be tough

  26. Steady Eddie - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    MicheleS — while I was in my freshman year of college when that happened, the point was that there was at that point no immediate future for baseball in DC. The fans were — as Boz wrote — betrayed by a scumbag.

  27. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Love it, no more Chop for another year. Horrible. No more Chip either.

  28. MicheleS - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Gonat.. Not quite that old but just remember all the folks on here that have told the story of the last game.

  29. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    We don't know when he yelled infield fly rule or if he yelled it. He threw up his hand late.He doesn't have to call it out loud. Raising his arm is the call. In the one replay I saw, one time, I did see the third base umpire raise his hand, but it was just before the ball hit. Very very late, but maybe not too late, and that part is probably not protestable.

  30. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Swift Eagle summed up the infield fly rule.

  31. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    A makeup call there.

  32. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Wow, that's a makeup call.

  33. MicheleS - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Steady.. and according to Boz this morning a Racist scumbag to boot.

  34. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Ump just gave Chipper a gift.

  35. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Holy spit, this isn't over.

  36. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    It ain't over yet…

  37. Joe Seamhead - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Like I said, the Cards are not going to get any close calls for the rest of this game. Chipper was out.

  38. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Why won't they show the replay of the Chipper out at 1st? They must have multiple angles of that.

  39. Section 222 - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Darn! Really wanted Chipper to make the last out in his last game, a game in which his error started the Braves' collapse! That would have been awesome. Note that TBS didn't show all the replay angles. He might have been out. If Uggla ties this, whoa Nelly.

  40. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Just watched in superslowmo–I'm not sure he came off the bag before he had the ball, but he definitely got back before Chipper lollygagged his way there.

  41. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Was Chipper out or safe?

  42. Section 222 - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Gonat, TBS appears to be caught up in the Chipper worship too.

  43. The Fox - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Wonder if the Brave fans still like the one game WC playoff idea?What do Vincente Minnelli, Judy Garland and the Nationals have in common?"Meet me in Saint Louis"

  44. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Thanks Sec.

  45. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Ghost, he was safe, but tag did beat him to the bag.

  46. MicheleS - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    And now we have the Cards..

  47. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Nats vs. Cardinals

  48. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    I have grown to dislike the Braves and that stupid chop chant. Good job Cards.Here comes the trash onto the field…they should be arrested.

  49. Section 222 - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    More debris on the field. A fitting tribute to the Chipster. Maybe someone can frame some of that garbage and give it to him on Chipper Jones Day next year. You know there will be one.

  50. Section 222 - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Ghost, he was safe, but tag did beat him to the bag.Huh?

  51. Jimmy - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    I'll be honest, I'm much more comfortable watching the Nats against the Cards than the Braves. Something about the in-division nature of a Nats vs Braves playoff series that I dont like. That, and I think we play our best when the offense is able to get it going in big games. Braves pitching staff would have been the harder challenge in my opinion. Plus, EJax has the inside scoop on his old team.

  52. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Gonat, TBS appears to be caught up in the Chipper worship too.Imagine our surprise.

  53. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… If the Braves lose today, the handling of Medlen will be the reason why vs the Nats handling of Strasburg.Think about what would have happened if Medlen was the Braves #5 starter on Day #1. Theoretically they could have been the team with 99 wins instead of their postseason dependent on "lose and die" scenario and even if they win today, Medlen may not pitch again if the Braves get swept in 3 in the NLDS although he will most likely pitch Wednesday if they move on.October 05, 2012 1:02 PM __________________________________Now time to discuss!

  54. Joe Seamhead - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Braves line : 3 runs on 12 hits, 3 errors, a bad call by Fredi Gonlazes, and a baserunning error on the bunt.They weren't robbed, they beat themselves and lost the game.

  55. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Wow, they just showed the replay again, and I take back what I said–the third base ump did NOT call that until it bounced twice. I've had umpires tell me explicitly that the rule does not require them to "call it in the air" but great googeley moogley, that is inexcusable at an MLB playoff game.

  56. The Fox - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Think of all the new baseball fans that now know about the infield fly rule ;-)

  57. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Joe Seamhead said… Braves line : 3 runs on 12 hits, 3 errors, a bad call by Fredi Gonlazes, and a baserunning error on the bunt.They weren't robbed, they beat themselves and lost the game._______________________They sure did. They had plenty of chances.

  58. Steady Eddie - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    MicheleS — no, that was Calvin Griffith, a worse scumbag (rapacious, amoral — AND racist). He robbed DC of the original Nats.Bob Short, may he rot in hell, was the 1971 scumbag.

  59. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Sec 3- He called it before the ball hit the ground.

  60. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Ghost, he was safe, but tag did beat him to the bag. Huh?He was safe–just look at the box score, says right there he got a hit. But the first baseman tagged the bag, while holding the ball, before Chipper got there. And they just showed it again, highlighting the LEFT FIELD ump (who I didn't think to look for) did call it in the air.

  61. MicheleS - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Steady.. Sorry, I have my horrible owners mixed up. Maybe I meant Angelos instead ;-)

  62. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    *The left field ump that is.

  63. Theophilus T. S. - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Mick — they don't mind being called "rednecks." If you want to get under their skin, so to speak, call 'em "crackers." I've seen the infield fly rule called on any number of pop flies into the outfield. The issue I would take with the call was how late it seemed. One guess is the ump was waiting to see whether the SS would turn his shoulder to the ball — which to my mind is where the infield fly should be "off." At the point the SS appeared to be backing up and waving off Holliday, I think the ump decided to call the rule.Protest is futile.As a footnote, I almost feel sorry for the Braves being stuck w/ Uggla at 2B. Wonder how much longer he'll keep a job there.Braves fans barf. My daughter is going to school down there and she and her fiance go to the occasional game — they find the fans hard to stomach in an ordinary game.

  64. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    MicheleS said… Gonat.. Not quite that old but just remember all the folks on here that have told the story of the last game. October 05, 2012 8:31 PM ________________________________Yah, I have no clue on that. I thought it was still a Ladies and Gentleman game back in 1971.

  65. MicheleS - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Wait..so TBS has CAL calling an Orioles game? Really no bias there at all.

  66. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Pretty exciting stuff, though. Welcome to the postseason.

  67. Gonat - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    I was so sick of the Braves always win when Medlen starts.All good things must come to an end. He gave up 2 Earned in 6. Good enough to win but his defense behind him sucked!

  68. MicheleS - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    New post

  69. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Have I mentioned lately how much I hate the Braves?: D

  70. Cwj - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Sec3- Me too :-)

  71. natsfan1a - Oct 6, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    I don't hate the Braves like the Phillies, but that chop really, really gets on my nerves. I can understand why the fans were upset, but throwing stuff on the field is embarrassing, as the broadcasters noted. Way to say goodbye to your retiring player, folks. (NatsNut, I understood where you were coming from in your comments, and you had a Braves connection way before your Nats connection. Bummer for your brother.)

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