MLB playoff score, takeaway: Yankees, Astros, Rays advance to ALDS; The Dodgers start the postseason on the right foot

The 2020 Major League Baseball postseason continued Wednesday with an eight-game schedule in the three-best Wild Card Series. The full slate saw three American League teams advance to the ALDS – including the Yankees in a wild game vs. Cleveland and two road teams winning in the National League.

Below are the results from Wednesday and the major takeaways from the day.

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Cleveland out of Yankees in Wild Game 2

Hands down, the game of the postseason thus far is between Game 2 Yankee and Cleveland. The game saw several lead changes, including one in the eighth inning and another in the ninth with a total of 19 runs. At four hours and 50 minutes, it was the longest nine-inning game in baseball history, and does not include a 76-minute rain delay, for which he had to wait outside.

The Yanks eventually prevailed against Brad Hand for his ninth-inning comeback. A walk, single, and infield single loaded the bases with no outs, then Gary Sanchez tied the game with a sac fly fly to center. DJ LeMahieu gave the Yankees a four-hopper in the middle. It was certainly well placed, rather than the well-struck Mara that the Yankees needed.

New York had a poor start from Masahiro Tanaka (six runs in four innings) and some lousy bullpen work to win the game. He played 12 moves, the most in a posting game out of nine, and scored three home runs. Which includes Gio Urshela’s go-forward grand slam in the fourth inning. Urshela certainly began her career with Cleveland.

The Yankees now head to the Southern California Bubbles and ALDS, where they will take on AL’s former rival Rays. This series will start from Monday. The Cleveland Franchise Championship goes home for the winter with a drought, now 72 years.

This is a rematch of the 2018 NLCS, although it is not nearly as close to a matchup on paper. Mickey Bates doubled in each of the first two innings for the Dodgers, who scored three times in those first two frames and never looked back in a 4–2 win over the Brewers. Julio Urias, Blake Trenin and Kenley Jensen threw five scoreless innings from the Dodgers Bullfen, striking out seven, to close things out. For the full takeaways at the Dodgers take a 1-0 series lead, click here.

The Cards beat Paddak hard in Game 1

In an ideal world, the Padres would have Mike Cleinger or Dielsen Lemmett start Game 1 of their Wild Card Series against the Cardinals. In this decidedly imperfect world, the Padres had to start Chris Paddack, after both Cleising and Lemet had hand issues.

If the Padres go on to lose the series – and they will have to win games 2 and 3 to avoid elimination after leaving the series opener on Wednesday – they will have no choice but to think about what Clevinger might be. Lamet was a little healthier. Paddak started on the wrong foot, as he allowed four runs to cross the plate before the Padres had a chance to bat.

Their troubles will not end with the first innings. By the time he departed after 2 1/3 innings, he had scored six runs on eight hits. Paddak managed just one strike along the way. The Cardinals will have a chance to advance to the NLDS on Thursday. He will play the winner of the Dodgers-Brewers series.

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).

Rays make Jai effortless

A three-game series on one versus eight matchups in baseball is usually not something bloodbiz fans of other sports can expect. In the case of the Blue Jay Rays tour, it belonged to everyone. The Rays caught a run in the bottom of the first, a two-run homer in the second, and then Bo Bechet’s mistake opened the doors for Hunter Renfro and opened up two outs:

In the same way, it was 7–0 rays and he never looked back. The series barely felt before it was originally over.

Renfroe’s shot was the first Raise Grand Slam in Postsen history.

The Rays only had to use Blake Snell and Tyler Glassov in their opening pitcher and now have to wait until October 5 (Monday) before playing again. They will travel to Southern California, but otherwise these are very easy days to prepare themselves for the ALDS, where they will face the Yankees or Cleveland.

The Marlins continued surprisingly until 2020 as Miami scored five times in the seventh inning, while winning 5–1 over the Cubs in Game 1. Miami received a strong outing from Sandy Alcantara and eventually found the Cubs worthy Kyle Henders in the seventh. You can read more about that game here.

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