The third day of the MLB Wild Card playoffs wasn’t as huge as the second- only four games ended up being played due to the Marlins/Cubs game being postponed- but it was still plenty noteworthy. The day began with the Atlanta Braves sweeping their way past the Cincinnati Reds by blanking them for the second day in a row. The 5-0 win came courtesy of fine pitching from rookie Ian Anderson and timely hitting from Ronald Acuna, Jr, Marcell Ozuna, and Adam Duvall.
The last two had two-run homers while the former had the opening RBI off a double to take the Braves to their first series win since 2001. The night cap was much of the same, only it was with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who also shutout their opponent, the Milwaukee Brewers. Clayton Kershaw was tremendous, striking out 13 and conceding just three hits over eight scoreless frames. The offense came all in the fifth, with Mookie Betts’ two-run double and an RBI single from Austin Barnes prior to that. The ‘winner-take-all’ match up occurred in Oakland as the A’s defeated the Chicago White Sox to claw back from losing the first of the three-game set on Tuesday. The 6-4 win, which was keyed by a four-run fourth inning that helped them come back from a 3-0 deficit, means that they have finally won a postseason series for the first time in 14 years. Chad Pinder’s two-run single in the fifth put them ahead and no runs were scored following that. And finally, we got to see the San Diego Padres’ bats come alive in an epic 11-9 win over the St. Louis Cardinals that forces a Game 3 out west. Fernando Tatis, Jr helped them come from 6-2 down at one stage with two home runs, and they now will have a chance to complete that comeback, similar to what the Athletics did, on Friday.
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