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Nick Castellanos finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as the Reds got bounced from the playoffs on Thursday.
Cincinnati did not score a single run between the two Wild Card Series games against the Braves, setting a new scoreless postseason innings (22) record that was held for 99 years by the 1921 Giants. Yay?
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Kolten Wong is batting leadoff for the Cardinals in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series on Thursday against the Padres.
It's the same exact lineup that the Cardinals trotted out in Wednesday's Game 1 victory at Petco Park: Kolten Wong 2B, Tommy Edman 3B, Paul Goldschmidt 1B, Dylan Carlson LF, Yadier Molina C, Paul DeJong SS, Matt Carpenter DH, Dexter Fowler RF, Harrison Bader CF. Adam Wainwright is pitching against Zach Davies.
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Raisel Iglesias yielded four runs -- three earned -- while recording only one out in the Reds' Wild Card Series Game 2 loss on Thursday versus the Braves.
Iglesias walked the first batter he faced in the bottom of the eighth inning before serving up a long two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna. He rallied to strike out Travis d'Arnaud but then issued another walk to Ozzie Albies and surrendered another two-run shot to Adam Duvall. Eugenio Suarez dropped a foul ball between the two big flies by Ozuna and Duvall, which is the reason for the one unearned run. Iglesias had not allowed a homer since his regular season debut way back on July 25 against the Tigers.
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Ronald Acuna went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and a stolen base Thursday as the Braves topped the Reds in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series.
Acuna opened the game's scoring with his two-bagger off Reds starter Luis Castillo in the bottom of the fifth inning. That was the only run against Castillo, but the Braves did pour on four more versus Raisel Iglesias in the bottom of the eighth. Acuna, who will turn 23 years in December, is the first Braves player to record three-plus hits and a stolen base in a postseason game since Andruw Jones in 2004.
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A. Susac - C
Pirates sent C Andrew Susac outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Susac was added to the Pirates' active roster on the final day of the regular season. The 30-year-old catcher is a career .219/.286/.371 hitter in 114 games (304 plate appearances) at the major league level.
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Marcell Ozuna slugged a two-run homer Thursday in the Braves' Wild Card Series Game 2 win over the Reds.
Ozuna was 0-for-8 with five strikeouts in the best-of-three series before parking a no-doubter to left off Raisel Iglesias in the bottom of the eighth, which pushed the Braves' lead to 3-0. Adam Duvall then added another two-run homer as the Braves went on to win 5-0 and advanced to the NLDS. Ozuna had a fantastic regular season and will play a big role if Atlanta is able to stage a deep October run.
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Luis Castillo allowed one run over seven innings in the Reds' Wild Card Series Game 2 loss to the Braves on Thursday.
That run came on a fifth-inning double by Ronald Acuna. Castillo was otherwise pretty sharp, striking out seven batters while issuing only one walk and scattering six total hits. He got zero runs of support, however, just like Trevor Bauer in Game 1 on Wednesday. Cincinnati is going home while Atlanta moves on to the NLDS.
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I. Anderson - SP
Ian Anderson struck out nine batters over six scoreless innings as the Braves shut out the Reds 5-0 in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series on Thursday afternoon.
Anderson tied Steve Avery, in Game 2 of the 1991 NLCS, for the most strikeouts by a Braves pitcher in his postseason debut. The 22-year-old right-hander delivered a 1.95 ERA over his first 32 1/3 major league innings (six starts) during the regular season and carried that brilliance over into Thursday's series-clinching outing, scattering two hits and two walks across his six terrific frames. Will Smith, Chris Martin, and Mark Melancon then combined to finish the shutout. Atlanta advances to face either the Cubs or Marlins in the best-of-five NLDS.
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