NL Wild Card Game 1’s: Braves Outlast Reds, Marlins Shock Cubs

The National League had to wait a day more than the American did, but they got up and running as part of an eight-game extravaganza of games on Wednesday. The Atlanta Braves took on the Cincinnati Reds in the first game, and it would make history as the postseason game that took the longest to score a run. Freddie Freeman’s single in the bottom of the 13th with runners on the corners gave walked it off and gave them a 1-0 advantage. Then came the Miami Marlins surprising many by coming from behind to win 5-1.

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Corey Dickerson’s three-run homer in the seventh inning plated three runs, and they added to it with two more from the bat of Jesus Aguilar to stroll to a win at Wrigley. St. Louis then traveled to take on surging San Diego, and it looked like the Cardinals were truly the top seed as jumped on the Padres early for four runs in a 7-4 win. Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run homer set the tone early, and the Padres are now in a hole they will have to claw out of. Finally, the day wrapped up with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the top seed in the whole ‘tournament,’ taking on the Milwaukee Brewers. It wasn’t easy, but the favorites prevailed 4-2 when the dust had settled. Mookie Betts had an RBI and a run scored along with two hits early in the going and Corey Seagar hit an insurance solo homer in the seventh that saw them win. They are now one game away from the NLDS.

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