In a game marred by a controversial call in the 8th, the Cardinals took advantage of 3 errors by the Braves to advance to the NLDS.
St. Louis trailed early on a David Ross home run in the second inning, but came out on top in the end, 6-3. The Cardinals will host the Washington Nationals beginning Sunday.
Kyle Lohse pitched 5 2/3 strong innings, allowing just 6 hits and striking out 6. He gave up the home run after a late timeout was called by Ross. He wouldn’t allow another run in his outing.
St. Louis took advantage of 3 errors by the Braves, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 4th to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. A sure-fire double play by the Braves went awry when Chipper Jones, who was playing in what turned out to be his final game, sailed his throw to second. The Braves would later see errors by Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla.
The game had a 19 minute delay in the bottom of the 8th when a pop fly by Simmons fell between Matt Holliday and Pete Kozma. It was later ruled the “infield fly rule” and Simmons was called out at first. Braves fans began littering the field with cups, cans,a and bottles.
With the victory, the Cardinals advance to the NLDS to take on NL East champion Washington. The Cardinals host games 1 and 2 Sunday and Monday. Sunday’s game begins at 2:07pm. Our pregame coverage will begin at 1:12pm on your home for the Cardinals, ESPN 100.5 KTGR