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The game that shattered the Braves’ non-batting combination against Astros in World Series Game 3, explained

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The game that shattered the Braves’ non-batting combination against Astros in World Series Game 3, explained

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Braves manager Brian Snitker was sitting in the dugout – due to the cold and rainy Atlanta weather on Friday night – instead of sitting up front when the Astros sent Aledmys Diaz to the plate to pinch the bang friday night.

By this point in the game, heading into the eighth inning, the Braves had kept Houston out of the hitting column, with five innings from starter Ian Anderson, one from AJ Minter and one from Luke Jackson.

Diaz hit a shallow volley on a 2-1 count against Braves left-hander Tyler Matzek. Everyone in Atlanta’s Truist Park looked straight up as the ball flew high into the air towards left field. As left fielder Eddie Rosario ran and shortstop Dansby Swanson stepped back, it became less clear if the ball would be caught. In the end, the ball touched the ground intact, shattering the non-hitter combined and ending Atlanta’s shot in World Series history.

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While the Braves have always won Game 3 2-0 and coaches and players could say after the game winning is all that mattered, many fans wanted to be able to watch baseball history a bit. There has been only one hit in nine innings in World Series history. It happened in 1956 when Don Larsen pitched a perfect game for the Yankees against the Dodgers in Game 5.

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What happened on the Astros’ first shot?

The play might have seemed routine, and in many cases it would have been.

According to Carlos Collazo of Baseball America, the flying ball had an 85 percent probability of capture.

In a situation like this, the left fielder normally takes control and overrides the shortstop, which would then move aside to allow play. However, as Braves manager Brian Snitker explained, this level communication is easier said than done in a World Series match in a team stadium.

“It’s so loud and it’s hard to hear,” Snitker said. “This is one of those games where you practice, if you have someone who can work the throwing machine really well, do this game when we do contextual priorities in spring training. is a great game that we make so we don’t have wrecks and the guys take control of that. But under these circumstances anything can happen because the guys can’t get along. “

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Rosario was charging and it looked like he had read on the flying balloon, but as he looked down and realized that he and Swanson were on a collision course, he backed up.

“I started charging hard right away, and I noticed Dansby was charging as hard. He was turning his back on the ball, so obviously we are both trying to play with the ball,” Rosario said over the air. ‘intermediary of an interpreter. “When I knew I had a pearl on it, I was trying to say, ‘I got it. I got it.’ But obviously, I knew Dansby couldn’t hear me so at the last minute, knowing we couldn’t communicate, I just wanted to make sure that there was no collision between the two of us… right there. “

It was probably for the best he had done. Had the two collided, center fielder Adam Duvall still looked like he was quite a distance away from where the two were, and that probably would have allowed Diaz to reach second base, putting a runner in position to score without anyone being put out. By sacrificing the blow, Rosario was able to keep Diaz at first. Diaz was then lifted for a pinch runner, Jose Siri, who took second place on a stolen base attempt with two outs. He was able to move up to third on a stray pitch from receiver Travis d’Arnaud. Michael Brantley then stepped outside to leave Siri stranded there.

The Braves would allow one more hit on Friday. Alex Bregman led in the start of the ninth with a rushing single to right field against the quarterback. Given the line-up of the defense, Atlanta’s infielders had no chance of removing Bregman.

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