Anderson and bullpen put Braves halfway into World Series

Anderson and bullpen put Braves halfway into World Series

ATLANTA – Ian Anderson and the efficient relief corps froze the Houston Astros’ bats to put the Atlanta Braves halfway through their first championship since 1995.

In Atlanta’s first World Series game in two decades, rookie Anderson pitched five hitless innings and the bullpen combined to knock out the powerful Astros offense by two hits as Atlanta prevailed 2-0 in the third game of the Major League Baseball World Series in 2021.

Third baseman Austin Riley hit a two-run double in the third and catcher Travis d’Arnaud hit a solo home run in the eighth to produce the only two runs of the game, the first to end in a shutout since the Cleveland Indians beat 1-0. to the Chicago Cubs in the third game of 2016.

Despite the low temperature and a consistent drizzle that bothered most of the night, 42,898 fans packed Truist Park in the park’s debut in the fall classic to see Anderson become the first rookie with at least five innings. No hitter and no run in the World Series since Jeff Tesreau (5.1 IL) in 1912.

Since Don Larsen (New York Yankees) achieved what has been the only perfect game and No-Hitter in World Series history (1956 against the Brooklyn Dodgers) no other pitcher has had more outs without conceding a hit. However, that didn’t stop manager Brian Snitker from pulling the 23-year-old in the middle of his attempt to cherish history.

“Ian was not going to have pitches to go nine hitless innings. He threw a lot of pitches against the top of the lineup. I went with my instincts in that situation,” Snitker said. “Of course there is always a risk of failure, but I am happy with my decision,” he added.

Snitker’s decision was questioned, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t correct. The Braves bullpen is 6-1 with a 3.18 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 56.2 innings during the current postseason.

On Friday, AJ Minter, Luke Jackson, Tyler Matzek and closer Will Smith handled the final four innings. Smith took the rescue and now has two wins and five run-free saves in nine innings of the playoffs.

Anderson, the Braves’ first pitcher with at least five hitless, runless episodes in a playoff game since Derek Lowe had 5.1 against the San Francisco Giants in 2010, agreed with his manager.

“Sure I wanted to compete for the no-hitter, but I know it was going to be tough. We have pitchers like Matzer, Minter and Luke doing so well and today it was like that,” said Anderson, who has a 1.26 ERA. in his first eight postseason starts.

The only pitcher with a lower ERA in his first eight playoff outings is Cuban Orlando “El Duque” Hernández, who averaged 1.22.

Atlanta had the Astros without a hit until Cuban Aledmys Diaz hit a fly ball between shortstop Dansby Swanson and left fielder Eddie Rosario opening the eighth inning.

“Our pitching was extraordinary,” Rosario said. “The hit was difficult, I didn’t want to collide with the shortstop. I thought about throwing myself, but when I saw him so close, I decided no,” added the Puerto Rican.

Third baseman Álex Bregman singled starting the ninth inning, but that was all Houston, one of the best teams, could do.

The most important thing for Atlanta was going 2-1 in the World Series for the first time since 1995, when it won the third franchise title, but the only one it has in this city, where it came from Milwaukee in 1966.

On Saturday, Houston will box veteran Zack Greinke, while the Braves will have a bullpen night. Atlanta is 6-0 at home in the postseason. Houston is 3-3 on the road since the playoffs began.

“The guys like to play here. I mean, they like it,” Snitker said.

“The guys ask me during the season, why do you win away from home and not win at home and vice versa? I don’t know what it is, but what I know is that guys like to play here. They like to be at home. we like our environment. Just everything internally. Our fans are incredible, “he added.

“I keep saying it and saying it, this ‘Braves Country’ thing is real. It’s very good, and our players love it, they appreciate it, and the way these people support this club is a reality. And they feed off of it. sorry, they feed off of that, “Snitker said.

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