Video: Andrelton Simmons protects the Braves’ late lead with an amazing play at shortstop

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Andrelton Simmons kept the Braves’ lead intact with this ridiculous play Wednesday night …

That ended the bottom of the eighth inning. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel surrendered a single and a walk to open the bottom of the ninth inning but recorded three straight outs to close out Atlanta’s 3-2 victory.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.