Saturday August 29, 2015 is a day Atlanta sports fan definitely want to forget. All three major sports team lost. The Atlanta Dream lost 98-96 to the Chicago Sky. The Atlanta Falcons lost 13-9 to the Miami Dolphins. The Atlanta Braves lost 3-1 to the New York Yankees.
The Dream were riding a natural high coming into the game, winners of three straight. They knew they could delay the Sky’s chance of clinching a playoff berth. Angel McCoughtry converted a 3-point play with 30 seconds left in the game, to cut the Sky’s lead to two. The Dream had several tries to tie the game but couldn’t convert and the Sky held on to win. McCoughtry lead the team with 33 points and 11 rebounds. The Sky are officially in the WNBA playoffs, led by Cappie Pondexter’s 22 points.
The Falcons were playing their third preseason game. Matt Bryant kicked three field goals to provide the only scoring for Atlanta. The Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill jersey never got dirty. He went 15 for 19 and a touchdown pass. Matt Ryan was sacked three times and needed Tide to get out his jersey stains. He had come in with a perfect passing rating of 158.3 the last two games. This game he was 3 for 7 for 49 yards. The Falcons offensive line was playing “Matador”, while the Dolphins defensive line was saying “Ole”.
The Braves had their largest crowd of the season on hand – 49,243. Pitcher Matt Wisler was pitching great until the seventh inning. He had only given up one run in the first inning on a wild pitch. In the seventh, Didi Gregorius and Luis Severino hit back-to-back doubles to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Wisler was pulled and Matt Marksberry was brought in to end the inning. The Braves showed a spark of life when Christian Bethancourt scored their only run of the game in the bottom of seventh on an error. Brian McCann added an insurance run for the Yankees in the eighth inning and concluded all the scoring for the game. The Braves weren’t devoid of chances, stranding ten men on base.
The worst loss of the day was 60 year old Gregory Murrey of Alpharetta. Murrey fell from the upper deck (section 402) at Turner Field during the seventh inning of the Braves game. He landed behind the home plate area. It was a shocking and scary scene for those in the vicinity. Murrey was given CPR and emergency medical attention immediately, until Grady Hospital paramedics showed up. The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the situation to determine if it was an accident or suicide. In 2013, another fan died from a fall at Turner Field and was determined to be a suicide. Sympathy and condolences to the Murrey family.