Two outs, two strikes, leading by one in the ninth inning; this was the situation for the Atlanta Braves and Craig Kimbrel faced on Monday night in rainy Miami, Florida. Then came an innocent chopper to third baseman Chipper Jones; it appeared the game was over, but because of terrible, misplaced lights in the Marlins
joke of a stadium, Jones lost the ball and it bounced into left field. Two pitches later, the game was over. Omar Infante had hit a two-run homer.
Game over. Wild card lead down to 2.5 games.
Give Atlanta credit for coming back. Trailing 4-1 in the seventh, the team came up with four runs on a mixture of a home run, walks, infield hits, more walks, and an error. Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters worked scoreless innings which handed the game off to Kimbrel, a formula that has brought so much success this season.
Worst loss of the season for Atlanta, no questions about it. The game was over, and then it wasn't. It's tough to say too much about this team right now.