The 2020 Main League Baseball postseason rolled on with 4 video games Thursday within the best-of-three Wild Card Sequence. Three extra groups — the Braves, Athletics and Dodgers — punched their ticket to the divisional spherical, whereas the Padres battled again of their sequence in opposition to the Cardinals to power a decisive Sport 3. The day was initially set to have a five-game schedule, however Sport 2 of Marlins-Cubs was rained out and pushed to Friday.
Beneath are the outcomes from Thursday and key takeaways from the day.
Wild Card Sequence schedule/scores
Kershaw units private report, Dodgers transfer on
The Los Angeles Dodgers superior to the Nationwide League Divisional Sequence on Thursday after sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers within the best-of-three wild card spherical.
The Dodgers had been paced by left-hander Clayton Kershaw, the way in which they’ve been numerous instances over his big-league profession. He delivered a classic efficiency: tying his postseason career-high with eight innings pitched, and setting a private report with 13 strikeouts. Kershaw’s slider performed a key position in his night time, because the Brewers whiffed on 20 of the 32 swings they took in opposition to the pitch.
Kershaw’s reverse, Brandon Woodruff, put collectively the makings of an excellent begin as effectively. Issues got here off the rails for Woodruff in the course of the fifth inning, nevertheless, as he allowed three runs to attain. The primary blow was delivered by catcher Austin Barnes, to make it 1-0. Mookie Betts then doubled in a pair to present the Dodgers an insurmountable 3-0 lead.
The No. 1 seed Dodgers will play the winner of the San Diego Padres-St. Louis Cardinals sequence, which is able to conclude on Friday. The No. 8 seed Brewers, conversely, will hit the drafting board and hope to conjure up a plan for putting in a greater offense heading into subsequent season.
First issues first, sure, we have now to present the Braves’ pitchers credit score. In a two-game sequence in opposition to the Reds, principally your complete Braves pitching employees dominated. Certain, the Reds obtained 11 hits in Sport 1, but it surely was 10 singles and one double. In addition they scored zero instances in 13 innings whereas putting out 16 instances. Max Fried and the aid corps deserve credit score. In Sport 2, we have now to credit score rookie Ian Anderson being nails in his postseason debut, putting out 9 in his six innings of scoreless work. He allowed solely two hits, each singles.
Let’s additionally credit score Marcell Ozuna for his two-run shot within the eighth to present the Braves some respiration room …
… after which Adam Duvall for placing it out of attain.
There, we have gotten all of the credit score for the Braves of their sweep out of the way in which.
Now, onto the Reds. The 22-inning scoreless streak within the playoffs is a Main League report to start a postseason. The Reds offense was 8 for 73 (.110) within the two-game sequence. Their 5 walks and one hit batsman run them as much as a .177 on-base proportion. The slugging was .181. It is solely a two-game pattern, clearly, and if this was merely the primary two video games of the common season we may simply name it a gradual begin. As a substitute, the Reds got here in having received 11 of their final 14 and obtained stellar pitching for 20 innings earlier than the underside of the eighth on Thursday. And they’re headed dwelling for the winter having been swept in two video games.
Again on the Braves’ finish, although, let’s conclude on a optimistic observe. The Braves have lastly superior a playoff spherical. Not since 2001 have they finished so. Since then, there had been eight NLDS losses (4 of them in 5 video games) together with one loss in a wild-card sport.
A’s snap elimination sport skid
The Oakland Athletics rallied in Wednesday’s win-or-go-home sport to defeat the Chicago White Sox, 6-4, to advance to the AL Division Sequence. With the win within the best-of-three Wild Card Sequence, Oakland snapped its MLB report streak of 9 consecutive losses in winner-take-all video games. This was the A’s first since elimination sport win since Sport 7 of the 1973 World Sequence.
It is also the primary time Oakland superior previous the primary spherical of the postseason since 2006. The No. 2 seed A’s will face the division rival and No. 6 seed Houston Astros within the ALDS. The A’s dominated the Astros within the common season, ending 7-3 with the AL West title.
After the White Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead within the third, the A’s answered with 4 runs within the fourth inning. Chicago tied the sport again up within the fifth inning, however Chad Pinder hit the go forward two-run single with two outs within the fifth. Pinder’s RBI single was the primary run-scoring postseason hit by any A’s batter with runners in scoring place because the 2014 AL Wild Card Sport.
For extra takeaways from this sport, you can read our full breakdown here.
Padres’ offense involves life
It seemed as thought the Padres, who had the NL’s second-best report and one among baseball’s finest offenses within the 60-game common season, had been heading for a quiet exit of their Wild Card Sequence matchup in opposition to the Cardinals. Then Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a three-run homer within the sixth inning on Thursday. Tatis’ homer was the primary of 5 for San Diego in a three-inning span. Tatis and Wil Myers each hit two homers, making historical past within the course of, en path to a 11-9 win. Learn extra about that sport here.