Reds, Braves set the post-season record for scoring futility

ATLANTA – The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves are playing the longest goalless game in postseason history.

Wednesday’s opening game of the NL wild card series was the first in post-season history to be scored by 11 innings. The scoreless series was extended to 12 innings.

The teams combined for a record 35 strikeouts in 12 innings, and every batter who made it to the pot was eliminated at least once after the Reds’ Nick Castellanos fell victim to strikeout number 36 in the lead in 13th.

For the postseason, baseball put aside the new extra-innings rule instituted for the regular season delayed by the pandemic. There is no runner designated to second base for extra innings.

The Reds left loaded bases on 11 when Mike Moustakas struck to finish the innings. Cincinnati missed another scoring chance in the 12th when Tyler Matzek knocked out Freddy Galvis, who left the runners in first and third place.

Trevor Bauer had 12 strikeouts across 7 2/3 innings for the Reds. Max Fried pitched 7 innings, allowing six hits, for Atlanta.

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