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Bizarro World: Craig Kimbrel Blows Save, Andrelton Simmons Commits Game-Ending Error.

Well thats something one doesnt expect to see every day.

The Nationals sprinted out to a 3-0 lead in the first game of todays doubleheader against the Braves. Then Mike Minor settled down and didnt allow another run through the sixth. The Braves scored runs in the sixth and seventh to bring it to 3-2.

In the top of the eighth inning Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer off Tyler Clippard. Braves up 4-3. An Ian Desmond error in the ninth gave Atlanta another run and a 5-3 lead. With Craig Kimbrel waiting to come in. Game over, right?

Wrong. Heres what Kimbrel did:

Issued a walk to Adam LaRoche

Allowed an infield single to Wilson Ramos

Issued a walk to Anthony Rendon

Allowed a run-scoring groundout to Chad Tracy, making it 5-4

Induced a ground ball to short that went right through Andrelton Simmons wickets to allow the tying and winning runs to score.

Let me repeat: the shortstop who may be having the best defensive season in baseball history had one go right between the pipes. The closer who had never given up three runs in 225 major league appearances gave up three runs. And with that the game was lost.

Kimbrel was bound to blow a save eventually. Simmons is not going to make every play. But boy howdy, youd not make a lot of money betting on that outcome happening very often. Heck, youd make more money selling unicorn pelts.

Source: Craig Calcaterra NBC Sports Hardball Talk


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