Braves' fourth-inning rally falls flat with bunt

Do the Atlanta Braves have some sort of scouting report that says Kyle Lohse and his teammates aren't good at fielding bunts?

In the bottom of the fourth inning with Freddie Freeman on second base and one out, Atlanta catcher David Ross -- who'd homered just two innings earlier -- bunted toward shortstop, obviously looking for a base hit. He got it, just beating David Freese's throw to first base, with Freeman moving to third.

That brought up rookie Andrelton Simmons, who also laid down a bunt. This one, though, went right to Lohse, who had plenty of time to throw out Simmons while Freeman stayed on third because it wasn't a squeeze. Lohse's throw, however, glanced off Simmons' helmet and down the right-field corner, while the runners circled the bases.

It was all for naught, though, because the umpires correctly ruled that Simmons had run inside the baseline:


He was out, with Freeman rooted on third and Ross landing on second base. And the rally ended when Lohse struck out Kris Medlen.

In the ESPN Radio booth, Chris Singleton wondered why Simmons was bunting with two runners aboard and the pitcher due up next. Why, indeed?

Heading into the fifth, the Cardinals still lead the Braves, 3-2.

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