In the test which they give you to see if you can make it as a major league umpire, there should be a question like:
“Would you eject a starting position player for backtalk in an extra-inning game?”
If the answer is “yes”, you should not be a major league umpire. Jeff Francoeur was ejected after striking out in the eleventh inning. I’m not quite sure why he was arguing; he swung at a pitch in the opposite batter’s box. At any event, the umpire ejected him, forcing Bobby to put Pete Orr in left and Matt Diaz in right (Harris was out of the game). Sure enough, Orr completely misplayed a routine fly ball to left field, Andruw couldn’t quite get there to bail him out, and this set up a game-winning sac fly. Great work, blue.
At any event, the Braves are now 4-9 in extra innings and 15-20 in one-run games. Essentially, this is why the Braves are going to miss the playoffs. Sabermetrics says that this stuff is basically luck, but that’s hard to believe when you watch it again and again.
McCann gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in the second with a homer, but Smoltz (on short rest) allowed two runs in the bottom of the inning and another in the third to make it 3-1. It stayed that way to the eighth, the Braves blowing numerous chances to score, until Chipper hit a two-run homer to tie it. Kali got out of a jam in the tenth, but Villarreal couldn’t get out of Orr’s jam in the eleventh.
The Braves left eight men on base, four in scoring position.