Here's the thing about waiting until the last day of the year to seal up a playoff appearance: You're hoping the weird breaks of baseball all go your way. The Braves were three outs away from a one-game playoff. But after a Hunter Pence squib, the Phillies have a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the 13th inning.
Braves reliever Scott Linebrink walked Brian Schneider with one out, and Chase Utley singled through the right side with two down. Pence then nubbed a ball to Dan Uggla's left, and the second baseman never had a chance.
After holding a huge September lead and looking like they were locks for the playoffs, the Braves have just about coughed up the Wild Card after coughing up a game they had in their grasp.
The Braves will have Chipper Jones, Dan Uggla, and Freddie Freeman up in the bottom of the 13th to save their season.