The home-team Atlanta Braves hit two home runs and plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth in Game 1 of their NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, but in the end it wasn’t quite enough. The Cardinals, on the back of a strong eighth and ninth of their own, were able to withstand the late charge and hold on for a 7-6 win in Atlanta that gives them a 1-0 lead in the series. After making three errors in the early going and allowing Atlanta to lead twice, the Cardinals got some momentum when Paul Goldschmidt, who was impervious defensively, hit a home run to reduce the deficit to 3-2. Another run in that eighth inning came and then four more in the ninth to give them a 7-3 lead. But home runs from Ronald Acuna, Jr. and Freddie Freeman gave the Braves life only to see Carlos Martinez survive and gain his team the victory.
The Washington Nationals had hoped to take some momentum from their late Wild Card Game comeback against the Milwaukee Brewers when they took on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of their NLDS series with them. The only problem, though, was that Walker Buehler was on the mound and that the Dodgers have been red hot virtually all year. With the righty dealing out six scoreless innings and only allowing one hit, the Dodgers were ultimately able to skate away and win 6-0 to take an early lead in the series. In fact, the Dodgers as a whole only gave up two hits the entire game, stifling the Nats in tremendous fashion. Max Muncy drove in three runs, one of them from a walk and two from a single, while both Gavin Lux and Joc Pederson homered in the later innings to give them insurance that they didn’t need on a totally dominant night on the mound.
In a game that went right down to the wire, the Seattle Seahawks were able to hold off the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football thanks to a late missed field goal that likely would have condemned them to a loss had it gone in. The hosts had seen exceptional quarterback play from Russell Wilson, playing like an MVP candidate, who threw for four touchdowns after some mad scrambles around the field time and time again. The final one came with just under two and a half minutes left when he found Chris Carson on a fourth-and-goal that involved a bit of misdirection. That clutch play, though, wasn’t going to be decisive, as the Rams drove back down the field and had a chance to kick the winning field goal with the score at 30-29. The 44-yarder, however, from Greg Zuerlein went wide left, and the Seahawks won to improve to 4-1 on the season.