Atlanta Barves: Engage.
Don't adjust your screen — that's not an accidental typo. The Braves went full Barves on Wednesday night — you never want to go full Barves — allowing 10 runs in the first inning and putting the Cardinals in the driver seat of NLDS Game 5 in Atlanta.
It was a nightmare start for Mike Foltynewicz, who looked more like early season Folty than recent, really good Folty. He allowed seven runs on three hits in the first, recording a single out in the process. He was relieved by Max Fried, who gave up three runs on two hits before finishing out the first inning.
10-RUN FIRST INNING
STRIKEOUT (REACHED ON WILD PITCH)
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 9, 2019
The outburst was historic.
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) October 9, 2019
Twitter, of course, was having itself a blast.
Braves haven't even batted. pic.twitter.com/C2TvAhjURw
— Brenden Schaeffer (@bschaeffer12) October 9, 2019
What’s the score of the Braves game? pic.twitter.com/EIB7o7k0ik
— Spooky SZN Fuzzy ♂️ ♂️ (@fuzzyfromyt) October 9, 2019
Jesus Christ Braves pic.twitter.com/XsWNA90gjj
— The R&R Cigarcast (@tuscaloosacigar) October 9, 2019
“Alright my test is done lets check the Braves ga-“ pic.twitter.com/QEMvZqBZzl
— X - AdamTheSportsFan (@AdamTheSportFan) October 9, 2019
All in all there were five hits — all with runners in scoring position — and four walks with 14 batters coming to the plate. Cardinals Devil Magic in full effect in SunTrust Park. They would go on to score another run in the second inning, extending the lead to 11-0, before winning the game 13-1 and advancing to the NLCS.
But hey, it could be worse for Atlanta fans, after all — they could have blown a 28-3 lead.