ATLANTA (AP) – Eddie Rosario continued to shine with a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves advanced to the World Series for the first time in this century after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Saturday night.
The Puerto Rican made an outstanding contribution in the National League Championship Series, as the Braves prevailed in six games and left out the reigning champions of the majors.
Atlanta exorcised the demons of the last championship series, in which it squandered 2-0, 3-1 leads against the Dodgers. Now he managed to finish the task and will be measured in the Fall Classic with the Houston Astros, champions of the American League.
Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
The Braves, who hadn’t advanced to the World Series since 1999, haven’t won it since 1995, when they beat the Cleveland Indians with a team that included four eventual Hall of Famers – Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Chipper. Jones.
Despite that coronation and its brilliant career, that group is also remembered for numerous painful losses in the playoffs. Atlanta had 14 divisional titles at that time.
The current team has unexpected heroes instead.
Rosario, acquired during a flurry of emergency trades before the July 30 deadline, was one of the pieces that rebuilt the injury-ravaged Atlanta outfield.
The Puerto Rican set a franchise record. He is only the fifth player in baseball history to hit 14 hits in a postseason series.
Will Smith resolved in three men in the ninth inning to claim his fourth save in the postseason, following a brilliant relief from Tyler Matzek, who came out of a predicament in the seventh inning, with three strikeouts.
The southpaw has 11 fans with runners in scoring position in the seventh inning or later during these playoffs.
Encouraged by the “Eddie” chorus that broadcast the crowd of more than 43,000 fans, Rosario hit 25-14 (.560) against the Dodgers with three homers and nine RBIs.
His last hit was certainly the masterpiece in the 30-year-old’s career.
For the Dodgers, Albert Pujols 2-0.
For the Braves, Puerto Rican Rosario 4-2 with one run scored and three produced. Venezuelan Ehire Adrianza 1-1 with one scored. The Panamanian Johan Camargo 1-0. Cuban Jorge Soler 1-1.