The Atlanta Braves clinched the NLCS with an impressive victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 yesterday. Their 4-2 victory over the reigning World Series champions ensured they will go to the World Series for the first time in 22 years.
While they produced brilliant hitting and pitching, the winning moment came courtesy of some excellent play in the infield.
Atlanta Braves seal their first World Series appearance since 2019
Although the Braves’ 88-73 regular season paled in comparison to the Dodgers’ 106-56, the former produced impressive baseball in the postseason. While they had to come from 1-0 down in the NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers, they took control of the NLCS from the get go.
With a 3-2 lead heading into Truist Park yesterday, the Braves started the game well. In the bottom of the first inning, Austin Riley made a hit which sent Ozzie Albies home, giving them a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers then tied the game with an RBI from Cody Bellinger in the top of the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Eddie Rosario smashed a stunning three-run home run to give the Braves a massive 4-1 lead. Despite the Dodgers’ best efforts, only Chris Taylor could add to their tally through an A. J. Pollock RBI before the final inning.
Oct 23, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Eddie Rosario (8) celebrates with third baseman Ehire Adrianza (23) after hitting three run home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the 2021 NLCS at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
With the game on the line, Will Smith scored two strikeouts to bring the Braves closer to the finish line. They then ended the game with fine fielding from shortstop Dansby Swanson, who tossed the ball to first baseman Freddie Freeman to get Pollock out.
THE FINAL OUT!
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 24, 2021
This moment sent fans in the Truist Park into euphoria, as their heroes pulled off a famous series victory.
The Braves will face the Houston Astros in the World Series
In their last World Series appearance 22 years ago, the Braves lost 4-0 to the New York Yankees. Their last World Series victory came in 1995, where they beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2.
Oct 23, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates as the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the 2021 NLCS to advance to the World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
On their return to the best-of-seven showdown, they will take on the Houston Astros. Despite their heroics against the Dodgers, many would believe they are the underdogs heading into battle against the Astros. Game 1 of the World Series will take place on Tuesday, October 26 at the Minute Maid Park in Houston.
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