ATLANTA – In Atlanta’s first World Series game in two decades, rookie Ian Anderson accomplished something that Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz or any of the other great Atlanta Braves pitchers couldn’t.
Anderson pitched five hitless innings against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the classic on Friday in front of 42,898 fans at Truist Park. The right-hander struck out four, walked three and left the game 1-0 in his favor.
Anderson is the first rookie with at least five hitless innings in the World Series since Jeff Tesreau (5.1 IL) in 1912. The New York Giants’ Tesreau did it against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the Boston Red Sox. autumn.
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 hits.
In the postseason overall, Anderson is the first member of the Braves with at least five No-Nos since Derek Lowe had 5.1 against the San Francisco Giants in 2010.
Since moving from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, the Braves have won a championship. It was in 1995, when they had in their rotation Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz, who were later elected to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
With that legendary trio on their roster, the Braves couldn’t avoid a four-game sweep against the Yankees on their last visit to the World Series in 1999.
With the crowd shouting “Cheater, cheater” at the top of their lungs to Venezuelan star second baseman Jose Altuve, Anderson began the game by walking on a 3-2 count to Houston’s starting batter.
But then Michael Brantley grounded the pitcher for a quick double play. Third baseman Alex Bregman was also walked, but dangerous Cuban slugger Yordan Alvarez hit a fly ball to left field to close the episode.
Anderson retired Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa, outfielder Kyle Tucker and Cuban first baseman Yuli Gurriel 1-2-3 to complete two innings with 30 pitches.
At the end of the third, the Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario negotiated a ticket, the first baseman Freddie Freeman hit the left side to set up a rebellion of the locals. Curacao second baseman Ozzie Albies was struck out, but third baseman Austinn Riley doubled to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Venezuelan rookie Luis Garcia dominated Adam Duvall with a fly ball to first base and receiver Travis d’Arnaud with a strikeout to limit the damage.
Garcia would leave the game after 3.2 innings of a career as the Braves’ lineup readied for its third round.
The Astros mounted their second major threat against Anderson in the fourth act. With two outs, Alvarez walked and Correa was hit, but the Atlanta starter overpowered Tucker with a roll to the box to put out the fire.
Anderson now has a 1.26 ERA in his first eight postseason starts. Since the statistic was created in 1922, the only pitcher with a lower ERA in his first eight playoff outings is Cuban Orlando El Duque “Hernández, who averaged 1.22.
With two years in the league, the 23-year-old right-hander has accomplished feats that some of the best pitchers in the Braves and the major leagues could not.