Another chapter in the long, painful history of Atlanta sports was written this afternoon. At home for a winner-take-all Game 5, the Braves surrendered a 10-spot in the first inning to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 10 runs by the Cardinals tied a postseason record for the most runs in any inning. It also set the mark for the most first inning runs in playoff history.
Nine of the 10 runs were earned, as St. Louis compiled five hits and four walks. Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman also had a costly error.
Tommy Edman, Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong all had two-run doubles in the frame, with the 10th and final run scoring when Braves catcher Brian McCann fell down chasing after a third strike that had rolled toward the backstop.
The Cardinals are up 10-0 in the first. The inning should be over, but Brian McCann couldn't corral a Marcell Ozuna third strike. Then he fell down trying to retrieve the ball. Another run scored.
The 10 first-inning runs are an MLB postseason record.
Cardinals, 10. Braves, 0.
— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) October 9, 2019
If the absurdity of all of this is too much for you, consider that St. Louis manager Mike Shildt felt so confident about his team’s offensive output that he made defensive changes for the bottom of the first.
Shildt pulled starting third baseman Matt Carpenter, who was in the lineup for his hitting, and shifted Edman from right field to his spot. Fowler moved to right field from center, and Harrison Bader slid into his place.
If you’re a masochist, the next eight innings of this game can be seen on TBS.