The Cincinnati Reds rallied late in the season to make an enthralling ride to the postseason. They did not, however, get far or even record a victory after yesterday’s scintillating pitching match up saw Max Fried and Trevor Bauer match each other and Atlanta walk it off in the 13th 1-0.
It was the same story today: pitching. It was a 1-0 game thanks a fifth inning Ronald Acuna double, but other than that the two offenses were shut down through 7. Luis Castillo for the Reds was filthy, while rookie Braves starter Ian Anderson went 6 innings of 2-hit baseball.
The Braves unloaded in the eighth. Freddie Freeman drew a leadoff walk, followed by a mammoth line drive from Marcell Ozuna who hit it into the bullpen. A Dansby Swanson base hit was followed by an Adam Duvall laser to make it 5-0. Mark Melancon shut them down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
It’s the first series win for the Braves since the 2001 NLDS. 2001 NLDS (Tom Glavine) was also the last time prior to last night (Max Fried) that the Atlanta Braves had a left handed pitcher go seven scoreless frames in the playoffs.
The Reds have not scored in the last 35 postseason innings against the Braves. They were swept in the 1995 NLCS, when the Braves won the World Series. They went 22 scoreless innings in this series, hitting 1-14 with runners in scoring position.
The Braves will go to Minute Maid Park to face the winner of the Marlins/Cubs series. The Marlins have a 1-0 series lead following homeruns from Corey Dickerson and Jesus Aguilar yesterday. Game 2 is tomorrow night.
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