Umps, players dodge trash after garbage call

Umps, players dodge trash after garbage call

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ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 05: Manager Fredi Gonzalez #33 of the Atlanta Braves argues an infield fly ruling in the eighth inning with third base umpire Jeff Nelson and left field umpire Sam Holbrook while taking on the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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by BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 8:10 PM

ATLANTA (BaseballStL) -- The traditional tomahawk chop was replaced with a chorus of boos mixed with a whole bunch of trash after a controversial infield fly call in the eighth inning in Atlanta.

With one out and runners on first and third, Braves hitter Andrelton Simmons hit a pop up to short left field and it fell to the ground after miscommunication between shortstop Pete Kozma, who was under the ball, and left fielder Matt Holliday.  It appeared to give the Braves the bases loaded with two outs until the umpires ruled an infield fly on the play.

The pop up was not hit anywhere near the infield, but it appeared routine for Kozma who was there to make the play.

The stadium erupted with anger once the out call was made and then the trash started to be thrown onto the field.  As debris was thrown onto the field, the players took shelter in the middle of the field and inside the dugouts.  There were no reports of anyone on the field being struck.

The game was delayed for more than 15 minutes as the trash was picked up.

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