MLB playoff schedule, score: Astro dismisses Twins; A Force Breakthrough Game 3 vs. White Sox

The 2020 Major League Baseball postseason continues Wednesday with an eight-game schedule in the Best-of-Three Wild Card Series. The American League and National League sides of the bracket have four games each, and four AL teams are trying to advance to the divisional round.

Because all the Wild Card Series games are being played at the ballpark of high seeded teams, there will be no day during these rounds. Here is the full schedule for the best-of-three wild card series on Wednesday. Games can be streamed via FuboTV (try for free) on ESPN and ESPN2.

Wild card series schedule on Wednesday

(All times are US / Eastern)

Now, some takeaways from the day’s action are:

Astros dismissed Twins

The No. 3 Seed Twins saw their postman nightmares continue this week as well. With the Astro losing 3–1 in Game 2, the Twins extended their record MLB playoffs to 18 games losing and were ruled out of the postseason in the process. The devastating streak meets the 2004 ALDS, and is the longest in North American sports history. Houston, with the worst regular record (29–31) in the playoff field, defeated Minnesota in two matches at Target Field.

In addition to the fact that the Twins were a far better team than the Astro during the regular season, the Twins also held a 24-7 (.774) record while playing at home. In addition, Astro went awry when playing on the road during the regular season, compiling an audacious 9-23 (-281) record on the road. The Twins home record had the highest win percentage since the Reds of 1975, while the Astro away record is the worst road win percentage by a playoff team in the World Series era.

In Wednesday’s elimination game, disappointment for the twins came as the twins’ crime cooled. In two Wild Card Series games overall, the Twins’ lineup managed only seven hits and two runs. Hotsons in Minnesota usually calm down during bats. The last time the Twins scored more than four runs in a playoff game was when they scored five runs in a loss to the Yankees on October 9, 2004.

The braves only need one

The Braves’ first baseman, Freddie Freeman, took a 1-0 win with a walk-off single in the 13th inning of Atlanta’s series opener against the Reds on Wednesday. Freeman’s knock was just the sixth day for the Braves team that reached a six-fold lower base than the Reds.

Everyone will remember about Game 1 how effective the pitch was for both teams. The Braves were portrayed by left-hander Max Fried, who scored five runs in more than seven shutout frames. Atlanta then took a three-perfect frame from Chris Martin, Will Smith and Mark Melancon before turning to the rest of the goods. Darren O’Day, Tyler Matzek, Shane Green, and AJ Minor bowed, but did not break by putting on eight baserunners and implicating them all in 2 2/3 shutout frames.

The Reds certainly beat the Braves. Trevor Bauer scored 12 runs and gave up just two hits in 7 2/3 innings. Raisel Iglesias, Lucas Sims and Michael Lorenzen then struck out nine batters and conceded one hit and two runs over four innings. Archie Bradley and Amir Garrett, however, could not have a good time with no difference for error. Each starter on both teams struck at least once, resulting in a record 37 punch outs. As noted by our Mike Axisa elsewhere, the Braves and Reds also set a record for the longest scoring playoff game. It was now noon.

Oakland script flips?

Playoff success has been difficult for the A’s since the Bash Brothers days. From 2000–13, ALDS had six Game 5 losses. He won an ALDS, but then drifted into the ALCS. Since that stretch, three wild card games and all three have been lost. Looping here in the last two with Game 1 in 2020, leading the Zero to any playoff game after losing the 2014 Wild Card game to the Royals.

With his back against the wall on Wednesday, however, A quickly delivered the goods. He received two as a first thanks to a Nick Medrigal error, although before that he got three singles and always preferred to play the ball out. Then in the bottom of the second, Marcus Semian shot for two runs:

Just 3 1/3 innings were followed by White Sox leftie Dallas Keuchel.

However, A’s counterpart was excellent. Chris Basit worked seven innings and gave up just one run on six hits. Oakland took a three-run lead in the ninth, but Jake Dieckmann fielded Jose Abreu with a baseline load to end the threat and the game.

Looking forward to Game 3, A may be taken out of there, but there is a caveat. The White Sox are now 15–0 in games started this season by left-handed players, including Game 1 against Jesus Luzardo. Here’s how sex performed every season in the regular season:

Vs RHP: .253 / .313 / .436
Vs LHP: .285 / .364 / .523

Keeping in mind that maybe the election will be of Mayan Fierce right?

The White Sox ‘options are Dan Dining (2-0, 3.97), Dylan Cage (5-4, 4.01) and Reynoldo Lopez (1-3, 6.49).

Yankees-cleveland game 2

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-3, 3.56 ERA) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-4, 2.91 ERA)

Game 1 was projected as the season’s best pitching duel with Gerrit Cole facing Shane Bieber, but resulted in the Yankees blowing up Cleveland. It is possible that Game 2 could make for a pitching battle with Tanaka and Carrasco not set to carry the mound in a potential elimination game for Cleveland. Tanaka is lighted-out in the postseason, and owns a 1.76 ERA with 37 strikes in eight playoff starts.

Brewers-Dodgers Game 1

LHP Brent Sutter (2-0, 3.13 ERA) vs RHP Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.13 ERA)

Milwaukee has decided to go on to be the Wild Card Series opener. The best offense facing baseball in baseball will be Suter and his fellow bullpener.

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