Freddie Freeman celebrates with the team the winning hit in the thirteenth inning against the Reds. (John Bazemore)
Freddie Freeman hit an RBI single in the thirteenth inning, finally ending the longest scoreless game in postseason history when the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 in the opener of their series on Wednesday. of the National League wild cards.
The East Division champions won the first game of a postseason series for the first time since the 2001 National League Division Series and can finish it on Thursday. If they do, he will break a record streak of 10 consecutive eliminations in the playoff round.
What started as a pitching showdown between Cy Young contenders Trevor Bauer of the Reds and Max Fried of Atlanta turned into a strikeout contest.
The teams combined for a postseason record of 37 strikeouts, 21 by the Braves. After a pair of hits in the 13th episode against Archie Bradley, Freeman drove a hit to center field off Amir Garrett with one out to end a game that lasted more than four and a half hours.
Freeman, a four-time All-Star, produced another great moment in a season shortened by the pandemic after testing positive for COVID-19 in July.
AJ Minter escaped a one-out jam with the bases loaded in the top of the 13th for the win.
The clubs combined to use 14 pitchers and it lasted so long that the lights went on at Truist Park on the 13th, for a game that started shortly after noon.