Braves fans throw cans on field after catcher interference call

Braves fans throw cans on field after catcher interference call

A controversial catcher interference call late in Game 1 of the NLDS between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies led to an ugly scene at Truist Park.

With the bases loaded and two out in the top of the eighth inning, Braves catcher Sean Murphy was called for catcher interference on a foul ball by his Phillies counterpart, J.T. Realmuto. Home plate umpire Brian O’Nora awarded Realmuto first base after he ruled Realmuto’s bat clipped Murphy’s glove on the swing. The error on Murphy scored a run, extending Philadelphia’s lead to 3-0.

Braves fans litter the field after the review on the catcher’s interference call on Sean Murphy. pic.twitter.com/nIq0RubAGF

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 8, 2023

Braves manager Brian Snitker challenged the play, which led to a lengthy review. Ultimately, the call stood as there was not enough evidence to overturn the ruling. The announcement resulted in another delay as angry Braves fans began throwing cans and other garbage on the field in protest.

When the action resumed, Nick Castellanos grounded out to end the rally. Philadelphia would hold on to win 3-0 and take the opener of the best-of-five series.

Murphy said postgame he only “heard” Realmuto’s bat strike his glove.

“I didn’t feel it, but I heard it”

Sean Murphy on the catchers interference call⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Ana5IHweWi

— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) October 8, 2023

The incident mirrored a similar controversial moment in Atlanta during the 2012 National League wild-card game, when Braves fans threw bottles on the field following an infield-fly rule call. The Braves ultimately lost that contest.

Snitker, who was a coach on the 2012 team, condemned the home fans’ actions.

“We’re out there. There’s no excuse for that,” Snitker said, per ASAP Sports. “I’ve been on that field when that’s happened and it’s scary because those water bottles when they come, they’re like grenades, and it could really seriously injure one of our players. That’s uncalled for.”

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