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The Atlanta Braves were rolling through the 2020 MLB postseason. They won their first seven games, including sweeps of the first two rounds against the Reds and Marlins and then their first two meetings with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. Along the way they allowed only 13 runs in those seven contests.
The Dodgers finally stopped Atlanta’s streak on Wednesday in Game 3, and did so in historic fashion. In the 1st inning they dropped 11 (eleven) runs, which set an all-time postseason record for scoring in any inning. The final result was a 15-3 rout, which more than doubled the Braves’ total postseason scoring allowance on its own.
How does a team plate 11 in a single frame? Like this: Single, double, groundout, groundout, double, walk, homer, homer, walk, walk, single, hit by pitch, grand slam, strikeout. Note that 10 of the runs came with two outs on the board. The slam was by Max Muncy, former Athletic.
Braves starter Kyle Wright faced nine batters and retired only two of them, giving him a 94.50 ERA for the series. The extensive emergency work required by the bullpen could affect the Braves and their staff as the series goes on.
Just forfeit, please.— Julian McWilliams (@byJulianMack) October 14, 2020
OK but you can’t really—
The previous record for runs in a postseason inning was 10, which had been done four times — most recently against these same Braves last year, in the 2019 NLDS against the Cardinals. Click here for more stats and facts from the blowout.
MLB Postseason update
In the ALCS, the Houston Astros stayed alive with a win in Game 4 to avoid being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays. Zack Greinke delivered a quality start, and George Springer provided the go-ahead homer in a tight 4-3 affair. Recap from The Crawfish Boxes.
Thursday LCS schedule (all times PT):
- ALCS G5: Rays at Astros, 2:07 p.m. on TBS
- NLCS G4: Dodgers at Braves, 5:08 p.m. on Fox
Try this again: When the sun sets tonight, the Astros might be done.
MLB News & Interest
- Dierkes: MLBTR Projected Arbitration Salaries For 2021
- Cassavell, McTaggart, and Toribio: Rays-Astros ALCS Gm. 5 FAQ (TBS, 5 ET)
- Bowman and Gurnick: LAD-ATL NLCS Game 4 FAQ (FOX/FS1, 8 ET)
- Matheson: Arozarena again! HR extends historic tear
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter
Is this actually a thing that could happen??
Numerous sources have told me that Tony La Russa is seriously looking forward to conversations with the White Sox brass about the job.Sox have asked for and received ok from the Angels to proceed. @BNightengale first to report that.LaRussa is on top of analytics side as well.— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) October 14, 2020
Seems more like something the Astros would do (also it worked, as he was awarded the base)
No goal - distinct kicking motion pic.twitter.com/J0sMUQL3B7— Ben Ross (@BenRossTweets) October 14, 2020
It depressed me when I just realized that Mike Trout has one career postseason hit.— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) October 14, 2020
Andy Pettite has three.