Update #3 (4:09 PM EDT): Ramon Cabrera broke up the no-hit bid with a ground ball single to left field off of reliever Matt Belisle.
Update #2 (3:53 PM EDT): Treinen got Billy Hamilton to ground out to end the seventh inning, so the combined no-hitter is still in play.
Update (3:50 PM EDT): In the seventh, Strasburg struck out Jay Bruce, walked Eugenio Suarez, uncorked a wild pitch, then got Brandon Phillips to ground out. It was at that point, Baker decided to lift Strasburg from the game at 109 pitches. It’s hard to blame Baker for doing so. Strasburg is responsible for the runner at third base, which reliever Blake Treinen will inherit.
Stephen Strasburg has been strong in his return from the disabled list, tossing six no-hit innings thus far in Sunday’s start against the Reds. He has walked three and struck out four on 93 pitches, so if he does go the distance, he’ll rack up quite the high pitch count. Manager Dusty Baker may have to make a tough decision.
If Strasburg does complete the no-hitter, he’ll be the first to do so since Max Scherzer on October 3 last season against the Mets. The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta is the only pitcher this season to have thrown a no-no.
The Nationals have pummeled the Reds’ pitching to the tune of eight runs. Four of them came in the fourth inning on a Danny Espinoa grand slam, his second of the series. Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper have also homered.
After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.
Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?
There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.
Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.
MLB Playoffs Format
Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2
All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.
No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees
No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals
Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10
The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.
League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18
The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.
World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28
The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.
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