The Braves Conquer The Dodgers

Evan Craig, Staff Writer

The Atlanta Braves had a great run over the weekend winning the first two games in the NLCS games to put them closer to the World Series final. The Braves put up an impressive fight winning each game by only a single run. Not only did the win the game with by a single run but they both occurred in the 9th inning and what a sight it was. This series has already has a lot of ups and downs for only being two games in but this is looking to be a very entertaining series.  The Braves are currently favored to go on to the final. The team that wins Game 1 of a best-of-seven has gone on to win the series 64 percent of the time. That said, when these two teams met in last year’s NLCS, the Braves won Game 1 but ultimately lost the series in seven games. History is on Atlanta’s side, but nothing is guaranteed.

The National League Championship Series opened with a bang Saturday night at Truist Park. The star of game one was third baseman Austin Riley. Riley is one of the many great players that stepped up as an underdog one Acuna had a season ending injury at the begging of the year.  The 24-year-old authored a .303/.367/.531 batting line with 33 home runs in his first full 162-game season, and was even better in the second half, hitting .333/.377/.599. These stats really shows riley making some changes to help better himself and his team to make up for the loss of Acuna. Riley played the hero twice in Game 1. First, he tied the game at 2-2 with a fourth-inning solo home run against Tony Gonsolin. Then in the ninth, he yanked a base hit to left field to score Ozzie Albies to win the game.

Game 2 was one for the history book with the Braves putting up a fantastic game. The Dodgers had a 2-0 run lead but Atlanta tied the game a batter later on third baseman Austin Riley’s double but could not add to the score. So, when Dodgers second baseman Trea Turner opened the top of the ninth by taking perhaps his best swing of the month, the Braves were terrified to see what was going to come out of the next inning. Atlanta escaped the next two batters to give itself a chance to walk off. With two outs and shortstop Dansby Swanson on second, the Dodgers brought in closer Kenley Jansen to face Rosario which was one of the many mistakes that allowed the Braves to clutch up the win at Truist Park. Rosario stepped up to bat and he did what many knew he could he lined the first pitch he saw at Seager, Then the ball glanced off the shortstop’s glove and Swanson was able to make it home and win the game as Rosario rounded the bases he was met at home by a crazy and very excited Braves team knowing they had just won game two of the series.