HOUSTON – The Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night in Game 6 of the World Series to be crowned major league champions for the first time since 1995.
Left-hander Max Fried rebounded from two bad starts in a row, pitching six scoreless innings, and Cuban Jorge Soler hit a massive three-run homer off Venezuelan rookie Luis Garcia in the third inning for the Braves to grab the fourth title of the season. franchise and the second in Atlanta, where they have not been crowned for 26 years.
The Braves also won in 1958, when they were playing in Milwaukee, and in 1914, in Boston.
Fried, who was 14-7, 3.04 on the season (7-1, 1.56 in his last 12 starts) during the regular season, had allowed 15 hits and 10 earned runs in 9.2 innings in his last two appearances against the Los Angeles Dodgers. , in the National League Championship Series, and in game 2 of the World Series.
After Jose Altuve hit an infield hit for shortstop starting the Astros’ first inning, outfielder Michael Brantley grounded weakly to first base. Freeman fielded cleanly, but Fried was not quick to cover first base and when he received the pass from 1B he failed to find the pad and was stepped on his right ankle by the running back in the process.
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker did not challenge the referee’s call even though the television replay showed neither Fried nor Brantley stepped on the pad. Most importantly, after all, Fried stayed in the game and avoided an apparent injury.
And not only did he stay, he dominated. The left-hander retired Puerto Rican SS Carlos Correa and Cubans Yordan Álvarez (BD) and Yuli Gurriel (1B) without taking the ball out of the box to leave the Astros blank. Correa and Gurriel were struck out.
He finished the night with six four-hit innings, all singles, no walk and six strikeouts. He pitched 50 of his 74 pitches in the strike zone, while doing the longest job of any starter during the 2021 World Series.
Shortstop Dansby Swanson and first baseman Freddie Freeman also kicked the ball out of the park and second baseman Ozzie Albies scored twice. Atlanta outscored the Astros 11-2 in home runs, one of the top-hitting teams all year.
Soler’s home run, a 446-foot hit that went over the railroad track set 90 feet above the left-field fence, is one of the longest in Minute Maid Park’s 21-year history. For the Cuban it was his third home run of the World Series, tying the record for Cuban players with Tany Pérez (1975) and Randy Arozarena (2021).
For life in the playoffs, only Arozarena (11) and José Canseco (7) have more than Soler among Cuban sluggers.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, since 2006, when the major league home runs began to be accurately measured, the Astros have hit 90 home runs of 440 feet or more, including eight in 2021. The numbers they include regular series and playoffs.
The longest home run in Minute Maid Park history was a 486-foot home run from Prince Fielder against Brett Myers on April 29, 2011.