MLB wild-card updates: Braves bats wake and finish sweep of the Reds

Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Braves are moving on after sweeping the Reds. (Photo by Adam Hagy/MLB Photos via Getty Images)Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Braves are moving on after sweeping the Reds. (Photo by Adam Hagy/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Braves are moving on after sweeping the Reds. (Photo by Adam Hagy/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="During MLB’s busy wild-card series, we’ll keep you updated right here on results, must-see moments and what’s next in each matchup.” data-reactid=”23″>During MLB’s busy wild-card series, we’ll keep you updated right here on results, must-see moments and what’s next in each matchup.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="What happened? The Cincinnati Reds came into the NL wild-card series pegged as an underdog that could make an October run — and they’re leaving without scoring a single run.” data-reactid=”25″>What happened? The Cincinnati Reds came into the NL wild-card series pegged as an underdog that could make an October run — and they’re leaving without scoring a single run.

The Atlanta Braves sent the Reds packing on Thursday, sweeping their best-of-three series with another shutout win, this time 5-0.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="After a historic Game 1 that was scoreless for a record 12 innings, the offense had to be better in Game 2, right? Well, it was for the Braves. The Reds? Not so much.” data-reactid=”27″>After a historic Game 1 that was scoreless for a record 12 innings, the offense had to be better in Game 2, right? Well, it was for the Braves. The Reds? Not so much.

Even though the game was scoreless into the bottom of the fifth, the Braves broke another tie when Ronald Acuña Jr. hit an RBI double. Both starting pitchers were solid, but Braves rookie Ian Anderson had the best game of his young career — throwing six shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing only two hits.   

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The game looked close until the ninth inning when Marcell Ozuna, quiet in the series until this point, blasted a two-run homer that sealed the Reds’ fate and sent the Braves to the NLDS. Adam Duvall followed with another two-run dinger to make the lead 5-0.” data-reactid=”29″>The game looked close until the ninth inning when Marcell Ozuna, quiet in the series until this point, blasted a two-run homer that sealed the Reds’ fate and sent the Braves to the NLDS. Adam Duvall followed with another two-run dinger to make the lead 5-0.

For the Braves, this snaps a streak of 10 straight postseason series losses that dated back to 2001.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="What’s next? The No. 2 seed Braves now advance to the second round of the postseason bracket, where they await the winner of the Chicago Cubs/Miami Marlins series. The Braves will now wonder about the enemy they know or the one they don’t.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”31″>What’s next? The No. 2 seed Braves now advance to the second round of the postseason bracket, where they await the winner of the Chicago Cubs/Miami Marlins series. The Braves will now wonder about the enemy they know or the one they don’t. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="They played the division-rival Marlins 10 times during the regular season, winning six of them (and once scoring 29 runs). They haven’t played the Cubs at all this year.” data-reactid=”32″>They played the division-rival Marlins 10 times during the regular season, winning six of them (and once scoring 29 runs). They haven’t played the Cubs at all this year.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="For the Reds, it’s a disappointing end to the season — but they have a strong core that can return for a run next year. The biggest question is whether they can re-sign ace Trevor Bauer, who is a free agent.” data-reactid=”33″>For the Reds, it’s a disappointing end to the season — but they have a strong core that can return for a run next year. The biggest question is whether they can re-sign ace Trevor Bauer, who is a free agent.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="You see this? Ozuna, who led the NL this season in homers and RBIs, got his first hit of the postseason in the ninth inning and everybody noticed. He even stopped midway through his trot for a pseudo-selfie.” data-reactid=”34″>You see this? Ozuna, who led the NL this season in homers and RBIs, got his first hit of the postseason in the ninth inning and everybody noticed. He even stopped midway through his trot for a pseudo-selfie.

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