The game began as a pitcher match between Max Fried and Trevor Bauer and became a marathon, but the Atlanta Braves finally went through the 13th to secure a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Things started unpleasantly for Fried, as Nick Senzel and Nick Castellanos greeted him with singles back to put runners on the corners without anyone. Joey Votto came on the plate and helped the Braves out, bouncing Freddie Freeman first for the first out. Eugenio Suarez then swung on another first pitch from Fried and joined Ozzy Albis in the shift. Fried then made Mike Mustakas invent to put an end to the inning and the threat.
It was the start of five straight strokes from Bauer, which ended when Freeman hit 2-2 to bring out the fourth. Freeman climbed to second place in an inside single from Albis with two outs, but was blocked when Bauer hit Duvall to end the shot.
Fried coincided with Bauer’s pitch for the pitch and withdrew nine straight tests before Castellanos came out in sixth to break a string of outs. Votto followed with an opposite shot, but Castellanos was shot by Duvall (and a great tag by Austin Riley) as he tried to go first to third.
Fried hit Suarez with a nasty breakthrough ball to end the inning.
The brave threatened Bauer in the sixth, but left empty-handed. Ronald Akunya Jr. took the inning with a double from the base of the center field wall and then moved to third place on sharp ground from Freeman. This brought up Marcel Ozuna, but he chased a breakout ball with 0: 1 and jumped out for a foul for a second out. Bauer then hit Travis d’Arno, swinging for his ninth shot in the game.
The Reds threatened in the seventh against Fried, while Aristides Aquino blupped in a single with one out and then climbed to second when Fried hit Jesse Winker on the arm with an up and a quick ball. Then Kyle Farmer found himself with Austin Riley, who tried to start a double game with 5-4-3, but Farmer beat the relay in the beginning. David Bell called on Matt Davidson to strike for Kurt Casali. Then things went crazy when Farmer broke for a second on the field, but too late. d’Arno threw for a second and caught Farmer running. Aquino then broke home and retired on a jumping label from Riley on a plate.
Discouraged by the missed opportunity, Bauer continued to mow the Braves, crossing out Duvall and Swanson to give him 11 shots in the game to set a record for the Reds after the season.
Fried came out after the seventh and you really couldn’t ask for much more from him after allowing six hits for seven endless innings. He hit five and didn’t walk anyone while throwing 78 pitches.
After Chris Martin worked without an eight, Bauer withdrew the first two strikers in the bottom half and then left. He finished the day, allowing only two hits, while striking out 12 of 7 2/3 assists. He threw 103 pitches with 73 shots. David Bell called on the reliever Raisel Iglesias, who hit Akunya, to send the game to the ninth without a result.
Mark Melanson works perfectly ninth to give the Brave a chance to leave. Freddie Freeman fired a shot from Iglesias, who then hit Ozuna, d’Arno and Albis to end the inning.
The Atlanta fixture continued its strong work in the 10th, as Will Smith scored two of the three tests he faced in perfect inning. Lucas Sims, a former prospect of the Braves, replaced Iglesias to face the man he was traded for in Adam Duvall. Duvall took a walk, but the Braves again failed to do anything as Sims hit Riley to end the inning.
The game focused on the 11th and the Reds gathered another opportunity to score a goal against the bull of Atlanta. Smith started the inning by hitting Tucker Barnhart, then gave way to Darren O’Day, who hit Shogo Akiyama’s pinch for the second out. Castellanos then pulled twice along the line. The brave chose to go Joey Voto deliberately, but O’Day followed with a walk to Eugenio Suarez to load the bases. Brian Snitker then called Tyler Matzek from the bull and he entered, striking Mike Mustakas three times.
Matzek stayed in the game for 12th and quickly found it difficult as he was greeted with back-to-back hits by Aquino and Winker to put the runners in first and third place without anyone. Snitker stuck to Matzek and he rewarded his manager by crossing out Farmer, Barnhart and Pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis to escape the jam.
The brave again put the leader in the 12th, but failed to do anything with him. d’Arnaud led with a solid single to the left. Charlie Culberson ran, but was knocked to the ground by Albis, who beat the relay throw at the start. Duvall and Swanson then struck again to send the game to the 13th.
Shane Green started 13th for the Braves, crossing out Castellanos. He then allowed singles from behind to back Voto and Suarez to put runners back on the corners of Cincinnati. Snitker led left-hander AJ Minter, who walked Mustakas after nine tons. Minter recovered to strike Aquino and forced striker Jose Garcia to land on Swanson to escape the traffic jam.
Braves finally broke into the bottom half of the inning. Nick Markakis made the inning with a single and was replaced by runner Christian Pache. Riley followed with one to the left. Akunya then found himself with a broken bat on the first out. The Reds brought out Amir Garrett to face Freeman, and pulled Castellanos close to third to go with five men, but Freeman put one to cross to bring the game to a merciful end.
The brave received a solid climb up and down, but fought insultingly. Atlanta managed to score only six goals in 44 bats with 21 shots and only two walks. They finished 1 in 10 with runners in point position. Cincinnati managed to score 11 goals and three walks, but was 1 for 12 with runners-up. Both teams combined for a record 37 shots.
Game 2 is set for Thursday, with the first pitch scheduled for 12:08 p.m. ET. Ian Anderson will start for the Braves, while the Reds will go with Luis Castillo.