Braves pitching chilled Astros bats in Game 3 of World Series

Braves pitching chilled Astros bats in Game 3 of World Series

ATLANTA – The Houston Astros got where they are thanks to their bats. But the rain and weather seemed to completely chill the offense, which was unable to land a hit to rookie starter Ian Anderson and ultimately only a couple of singles against relays.

As simple as the Astros never found a rhythm and maybe paid the floor fee at a Truist Park that most had never been to and the only time the team had been there before last night was in the inaugural season.

Thus, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Astros 2-0, who this Saturday will reach Game 4 down in the World Series 2-1 and with the challenge of facing similar weather conditions.

The Astros couldn’t even hold their batting practice, not on Thursday night, much less Friday.

In addition, the pressure of 42,898 fans never stopped on the batters, in particular on José Altuve and Carlos Correa, who had to endure, as has been much of the year the hostility of the home fans, including the shouts of cheats.

Worse still, they had to face the pitching of rookie Anderson, who in five innings gave them a no-hitter, with four strikeouts, although three walks that were really inconsequential.

The only time the Astros stepped on the second pad was in the fourth inning, when Yordan Álvarez was walked and Correa followed with a pitch.

Two relievers followed, AJ Minter and Luke Jackson without allowing hits, after manager Brian Sniker decided to take Anderson out, more as a precaution and to avoid facing the batters for the third time, already with a run ahead from the third inning by Austin Riley’s RBI double, for Eddie Rosario to score.

“Like I said a couple of days ago, when you’ve never faced a boy, it takes time to meet him,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It was indeed wild.”

The Astros’ first hit came in the eighth, with a fly ball from pinch hitter Aledmy Diaz, who stung Rosario’s foot to take him into left field. Bregman hit another single in the ninth inning, more out of pride than real threat of danger.

“Generally, every time we’ve had a problem, guys come in the next day and hit,” Baker said. “The more they get the guys out, the closer they are to a turn in starting to warm up. That’s how hitters think. “

Astros starter Luis Garcia didn’t have the best control of his pitches. He allowed only three hits, including Riley’s double, but gave up four walks in just 3 2/3 innings.

He was fortunate that the Braves only hit one hit in six opportunities with running backs in scoring position and left nine on the bases.

“I think we couldn’t connect for a game,” said third baseman Alex Bregman, one of only two Astros to hit. “I think we already scrapped this game and moved on to the next one. We are of short memory. You have to be in this sport ”.

The Astros claimed to be calm, despite the fact that 13 of the last 18 major league champions were the ones who won Game 3 of the World Series, when it was tied 1-1, as it came to Atlanta.

“We’ve been in this situation before and we’ve come through,” Bregman said. “The previous series, that’s how we were against Boston and many already gave us up for lost. We know that tomorrow we will have another opportunity to come to the park to play and try to win a ball game ”.

The fourth game of the Fall Classic will be played in the same park. Zack Greinke will be the Astros’ starting pitcher to face a Braves bullpen game.

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