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October 6, 2012

Disputed call takes spotlight in Cardinals' win

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"So we made it very clear if we could finish that thing off, let's get inside the dugout as quick as we can, and go up to the clubhouse," Matheny said.

Braves manager Fred Gonzalez argued Holbrook's call on the field, but after the game he also spoke strongly against the fans' actions.

"I think we have very passionate fans here in Atlanta, and I think I'm a little disappointed with the reaction of throwing bottles and beer cans and you name it," Gonzalez said. "For me, that's uncalled for.

"I understand the disappointment. But we can't do that. As Atlanta Braves and people from Georgia, it doesn't look good, and I'm a little disappointed in our fans from that point. You get people injured out there."

The barrage left Holbrook fearing for his safety.

"When cans are flying past your head, yeah, a little bit," Holbrook said.

Braves president John Schuerholz apologized for the actions of the crowd, saying a "small group of those fans acted in a manner that was uncharacteristic and unacceptable."

The Braves played the game under protest. Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre said the protest was denied. Then Braves general manager Frank Wren withdrew the complaint.

It was another heartbreaking loss in the playoffs, especially for the 40-year-old Jones.

He managed an infield hit in his final at-bat but threw away a double play ball in the fourth, which led to a three-run inning that wiped out Atlanta's 2-0 lead behind Medlen.

"Ultimately, I feel I'm the one to blame," Jones said.

But this one-and-done game will be remembered for disputed call in the eighth.

The Braves thought they had the bases loaded with one out after the ball fell between two fielders. But Holbrook called Andrelton Simmons out under the infield fly rule — even though the ball landed at least 50 feet beyond the dirt.

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