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.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 30, 2020
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.
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.