The 2012 MLB Playoffs got off to a fast start Friday night with the first ever Wild Card Playoff. Starting this year there were two wild card teams in each league. Both teams played each other last night in a do or die game to advance to the divisional round.
In the first game the reigning World Series champions the St. Louis Cardinals benefitted from a questionable infield fly rule call to take out the Atlanta Braves 6-3. The Cardinals will face the Washington Nationals in the NLDS.
Braves star Chipper Jones reached on an infield single in his final at-bat of his Hall of Fame career.
In the nightcap, the Baltimore Orioles continued their surprising season by ending the Texas Rangers’ run atop the American League with a 5-1 upset over the two-time defending AL champs. The O’s will square off with their AL East counterparts the New York Yankees in the ALDS.