Sean Newcomb’s meltdown after the 10th inning of the Braves’ 7-6 loss to the Marlins made a mess for both teams to have to clean up.
Newcomb gave up the run that allowed Miami to win the game in the bottom of the 10th, which prompted him to kick a garbage can in frustration when he walked back Miami’s guest dugout.
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The trashcan hit a fire extinguisher, which went off between the tunnel leading to the clubhouse, according to reports. A large fan blowing sent the dust and smoke flying, which prevented the Braves from being able to head inside.
According to USA Today, a cleanup crew stayed cleaning the mess until early Sunday morning scrubbing down the hallway, equipment and dugout, with Newcomb reportedly apologizing and offering to pay for any damage.
Newcomb’s frustration was justified – the Braves were up 6-2 at the bottom of the ninth before the Marlins were able to tie the score up and send the game into extra innings.
Newcomb relief effort on the mound was short and disastrous – before from giving up the game-winning run, he allowed a single and committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt that allowed which allowed the Marlins to reach third.
The Braves’ bullpen has been a sore point for the team this season. Atlanta has lost several games in late innings due to bullpen collapses, but this might be the worst instance in this season.
Despite the loss, the Braves enter play Sunday with a 6 1/2 game lead to hold first place in the NL East.