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St. Louis Cardinals lead Atlanta Braves 3-2 after wild bunt play

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Andrelton Simmons gets hit in the head with the baseball of reason to change the course of the fourth inning.

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Kyle Lohse and Kris Medlen might have started out the story of this Wild Card game, but you can't get too close to Mike Matheny on Viva El Birdos, at least, without the subject eventually turning toward bunts. So David Ross and Andrelton Simmons bunted in back-to-back at-bats, because that's exactly what would happen if you turned our experience of this St. Louis Cardinals season into a morality play.

If that's the case, though, I'm not sure exactly what the moral is—the Cardinals come out of the inning leading 3-2, because they struck a bunter in the head with a thrown baseball. Andrelton Simmons turned another infinitely frustrating bunt—one that nearly became a series of throwing errors—into a dead-ball out. Have we slain the metaphorical dragon? Have we figured out that the only way to stop the bunting menace is through lethal force?

I'm not sure, exactly. In any case, the Cardinals go into the fifth inning of the Wild Card play-in game leading 3-2, despite Kris Medlen's ERA being measured in kelvins. Things could be much worse, and they aren't, yet!