ATLANTA — Looking to secure their first NLCS berth since 2014, the Cardinals wasted no time. They simply put together the biggest first inning in MLB postseason history.
They earned that distinction by scoring 10 first-inning runs against the Braves in Wednesday’s Game 5 of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park, the most ever by a team in the first inning of a playoff game. The Cardinals received RBI hits from
St. Louis also scored on two bases-loaded walks and a dropped third strike that allowed another run. Their 10 first-inning runs topped the previous postseason high of seven, set by the Milwaukee Braves against the Yankees in Game 2 of the 1958 World Series.
It also tied the record for the most runs scored in any postseason inning, with the 1929 A’s (7th inning of 1929 World Series Game 4), 1968 Tigers (3rd inning of World Series Game 6) and 2002 Angels (7th inning of ALCS Game 5).
Bearing the bulk of the damage was Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz, who outdueled Jack Flaherty in Game 2 but suffered one of the shortest postseason starts ever on Wednesday. Foltynewicz allowed seven of St. Louis’ first eight hitters to reach, was charged with seven runs (six earned), walked three and recorded his only out on a sacrifice bunt. He was lifted for Max Fried with the bases loaded, one out and four runs already home in the first. Fried walked Flaherty to force in another run before surrendering RBI doubles to Fowler and Wong.
Foltynewicz’s one-third of an inning start marked the shortest non-opener postseason start since Luis Severino’s start of the same length in the 2017 AL Wild Card Game vs. Minnesota. It tied the shortest in Braves franchise history, with John Thomson (who left with an injury in Game 3 of the 2004 NLDS) and Steve Avery (1992 NLCS Game 5).
The @Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning, the most runs in a first inning in MLB playoff history.
It also ties the most runs in ANY postseason inning all-time (1929 A’s, 1968 Tigers, 2002 Angels).#TimeToFly
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS)
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