Reds, Braves set postseason record for scoring futility


Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez (7) tosses his bat after drawing a walk to load the bases in 11th inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez (7) tosses his bat after drawing a walk to load the bases in 11th inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Mark Melancon (36) works in the eighth inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) leaves the game in the eighth against the Atlanta Braves during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


ATLANTA (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves are playing the longest scoreless game in postseason history.

Wednesday’s opening game of the NL wild-card series was the first in postseason history to be scoreless through 11 innings. The scoreless streak was extended through 12 innings.

The teams combined for a postseason record 35 strikeouts through 12 innings, and every batter that has come to the plate has struck out at least once after the Reds’ Nick Castellanos became strikeout victim No. 36 leading off the 13th.

For the postseason, baseball has set aside the new extra-innings rule it instituted for the pandemic-delayed regular season. There is no designated runner at second base for extra innings.

The Reds left the bases loaded in the 11th when Mike Moustakas struck out to end the inning. Cincinnati wasted another scoring chance in the 12th when Tyler Matzek struck out pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis, leaving runners on first and third.

Trevor Bauer had 12 strikeouts through 7 2/3 innings for the Reds. Max Fried threw 7 innings, allowing six hits, for Atlanta.

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Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez (7) tosses his bat after drawing a walk to load the bases in 11th inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/09/web1_125553699-aad8d0bb69f347fe9f37ee38a138d3e3.jpgCincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez (7) tosses his bat after drawing a walk to load the bases in 11th inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Mark Melancon (36) works in the eighth inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/09/web1_125553699-315b45bf3ae843e3bb1d93bfa44db4cf.jpgAtlanta Braves relief pitcher Mark Melancon (36) works in the eighth inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) leaves the game in the eighth against the Atlanta Braves during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/09/web1_125553699-72de00facb344a2f8c6db3be27346977.jpgCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) leaves the game in the eighth against the Atlanta Braves during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)