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Recap: Reds Lose Game 1, 1-0 to Braves in 13 Innings

Well, that one will sting for a long, long time. Trevor Bauer threw 7 2/3 innings of two hit, shutout baseball and struck out 12, but couldn’t earn the win as he exited without any run support. His excellent start was completely wasted.

The game would extend to the bottom of the 13th inning when the Atlanta Braves were finally able to string some hits together. Nick Markakis led off the inning with a single followed by an Austin Riley single.

Ronald Acuna Jr. grounded into a fielder’s choice to place runners at the corners with one out.

National League Most Valuable Player favorite Freddie Freeman then singled to center field to win the game in walk-off fashion, 1-0 in favor of the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves took Game One of the National League Wild Card Series to put the Cincinnati Reds in a must-win scenario tomorrow.

Luis Castillo (4-6, 3.21) will take the mound at 12:08 against Ian Anderson (3-2, 1.95) of the Braves. Both starters will be making their first postseason appearance. Anderson, a 22 year old Rookie, has made six career starts since his debut on August 26th.

Trevor Bauer “Shoves”

If you watch Trevor Bauer’s vlog, as you should, you would know that he refers to any great pitching performance as that pitcher “shoving.” Well, that is exactly what he did today in the Reds biggest game since 2013.

Bauer completed 7 2/3 innings of two hit, shutout baseball while striking out 12 batters. He was the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to accumulate 12 strikeouts without a walk in a shutout performance.

The Braves did threaten a couple of times during his start, but they could never push a run across the plate. In the fourth inning the Braves put runners at first and second with nobody out, but Bauer retired the next three in order with no problem to maintain the shutout. Again in the sixth, Ronald Acuna Jr. led the inning off with a Home Run but Bauer got out of the inning once again.

Bullpen Execution

I was the first one to be critical of David Bell’s decision to remove Trevor Bauer from the game after “just” 7 2/3 innings. However, you really can’t complain at all about the performance of the Cincinnati Reds bullpen.

Raisel Iglesias came in first and struck out four batters to polish off 1 1/3 innings of work and finish the first nine innings. Then, Lucas Sims pitched a no-hit 10th inning to keep the game scoreless.

Michael Lorenzen entered and struck out four more Braves batters while allowing just one hit and no runs across two innings to extend the game to the 13th inning.

The Braves ended up scoring their winning run off of Amir Garrett after Archie Bradley allowed two hits to begin the top 13th inning. However, all told the bullpen went 4 2/3 innings with just one run allowed.

Lack of Offensive Execution

Simply put, we have never seen a game like this in the history of playoff baseball. Never before had a game reached the 12th inning scoreless.

The Reds threatened right away today after a first pitch single to right field from Nick Senzel followed by a single by Nick Castellanos that placed runners at first and third with nobody out. However, Joey Votto would ground out to first, Eugenio Suarez hit a soft liner to short stop, and Mike Moustakas grounded out to second to end the inning without a run.

The Reds had some other chances, but none better than the top of the 12th inning when they once again placed runners at first and third base with no outs. Aristides Aquino singled to begin the inning and Jesse Winker sent him to third with a single of his own. Then, Kyle Farmer, Tucker Barnhart, and Freddy Galvis would strike out in order to end the inning.

The Reds left 13 runners on base while going 1-12 with runners in scoring position.


Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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12 Comments for Recap: Reds Lose Game 1, 1-0 to Braves in 13 Innings

  1. westkycat20
    6:12 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Just wondering if I should say it?

    • mashman 93
      9:33 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Yes go ahead. I came on here just to see if you posted it and for this game you’re right. Bauer was awesome.

    • westkycat20
      2:37 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      That actually made me laugh. Haha. Thanks.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:25 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      The Reds are the BEST!

      You did make me chuckled there westkycat.

    6:33 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Crazy he made it out of the 6th inning with a shutout after that homerun

  3. UKinIN
    10:42 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Not going to lie … that sucked. But what do you expect from a great pitching staff and historically bad hitting?

  4. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:19 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

    13 inning?

  5. runningunnin.454
    8:23 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

    So, eleven hits and no runs. That’s because they don’t really play baseball, anymore. Everyone wants to swing away, and bunting and smart base running are lost arts. The prima donnas must be insulted if they’re asked to lay the ball down.
    One of the greatest power hitters of all time, Mickey Mantle, could lay down beautiful bunts; and in his triple crown season in ’56, he had beat out over a dozen bunts for hits by July. It’s called playing to win.

    • SuperTroy18
      8:56 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      Absolutely. No one sacrifices anymore. Reds were the worst team EVER in “small ball” or manufacturing runs. All their runs came off HRs. Something like 60%, which was far more than any other team. That’s pitiful. If I recall, Pete Rose was a decent bunter too? The best hitters could do it all. These guys just want power stats. It’s a shame. And the Reds have shown they can’t win games where they need more than 3 or 4 runs. Hopefully, Castillo can throw a shutout and one of our hitters gets lucky and runs into a fastball or two. Because that’s the only way we will win today, looks like.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:05 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      Yep, Rose bunted safely for like 70% of the time; here is how Mantle did it,

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:22 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      Well, you know what they say:

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:25 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      On a serious note, the 1990 Reds that won the whole thing and crushed the supposed dynasty known as the Steroid King As was good at what you all are talking about. Kudos to Joe Morgan. Before the series started he said the As hadn’t faced anyone like the Reds (speed on the basepaths, etc.) and he picked the Reds to win. He was the only national media member I heard pick the Reds.