Braves, Reds set multiple records in historic 13-inning wild-card marathon


It took a while, just fewer than five hours, but the Braves took Game 1 of their NL wild-card series against the Cincinnati Reds, 1-0, when Freddie Freeman lined a single up the middle to score Christian Pache in the bottom of the 13th inning.

The win was huge for Atlanta in getting the upper hand in the series, but the biggest story will be the pitcher's duel that turned into a downright battle of wills on this record-setting day.

Trevor Bauer threw 7 2/3 innings of two-hit baseball, striking out 12 with zero walks. That's the first record we'll mention.

Max Fried was equally as effective for the Braves.

He threw seven innings allowing six hit and zero runs. Fried struck out five batters and didn't walk anyone.

As the bullpens got involved, the zeroes kept landing on the scoreboard. And as the game finished the 11th inning without a run crossing the plate, the game became historic. Never before had a postseason game gone scoreless that long.

And the stellar pitching continued, to add to the records set.

The Braves had only played in two other extra-inning postseason games that went 13 innings, but there was plenty of scoring in those games, whereas the Braves and Reds were scoreless through 12 despite several chances for the Reds to strike.

But singles to start the 13th inning got things going for Atlanta. Ronald Acuña Jr. moved a baserunner to third base before Freeman lined in the winning run.