Atlanta — The Los Angeles Dodgers reached the National League Championship Series on Thursday night at the final fiercely contested pitch in San Francisco.
Whatever that last luck, or magic, absurdity, or loyalty to baseball led you to call it, didn’t last long.
Instead, as NLCS Game 1 was drawn nine times on Saturday, Atlanta’s Austin Riley lifted Blake Treinen’s offer to the left field and turned the slider into an Ozzie Albies starting gun. In a race from second base stolen shortly ago, Albies crossed the home plate and gave Atlanta a 3-2 victory in the Best of Seven series.
This was the franchise’s first NLCS victory since 1999.
“I was just trying to get a base hit, and fortunately it went through,” said Riley, a home run who destroyed the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS last season.
“You dream of it as a little kid,” he said on Saturday.
The play was a thrilling coder of the game featuring two of the most overwhelming attacks in baseball, but proved to be a more defensive showcase. There were also running catches and rundowns. The team has joined for 21 strikeouts. Atlanta’s Max Fried made his sixth career start after the season, making six innings and allowing two runs with eight hits.
“They hit some balls hard and were looking for a pitch in a particular area. That’s what a good team does,” Fried said. “It’s a really tough game, so being able to get out there and keep us in the game was basically my goal today, and I’m happy to be able to do that.”
The Dodgers began a series with Atlanta, weighing with Max Scherzer, who won the Cy Young Award three times. But when Schaser pitched ninth in San Francisco after earning his first save in his professional career on Thursday night, he and his manager Dave Roberts played in Game 2 in Atlanta on Sunday. I have decided to leave for Los Angeles.
Instead, the Dodgers nominated Corey Knebel as the “opener” for Game 1. Of the other seven Los Angeles pitchers, only one of them worked longer than 15 pitches.
“I came across a tough pitcher tonight,” said Los Angeles center fielder Chris Taylor, who was involved in a rundown in the ninth inning. “He was the best pitcher in the second half of the league. We were able to run him several times. It was one of those games. We wasted some opportunity and they Used it. “
Both teams threatened first. In the upper half of the inning, Corey Seager doubled the slider to the center right past the diving Alby. However, Freed, who scored two outs on four pitches to start his night, struck out with a checked swing and made Justin Turner last longer with a seven-pitch turn at bat.
Then it was Atlanta’s turn. Eddie Rosario, who was at the lead-off spot instead of Jorge Soler, who tested positive for the coronavirus in the Division Series, chose the first base line off Knebel. Rosario stole second and then moved third with the help of Albies’ groundball. Riley hit after four balls. However, the first one, an hour and 97 miles of fastball, was wild and bounced behind the home plate. Rosario slipped from third place to win the first run on Saturday.
Atlanta’s lead didn’t last long. In the second inning, Freed quickly scored two outs again, but AJ Pollock, who entered the match on Saturday with an average batting average of .183 in his post-season career, swung with a curve ball and drove deep to the right. In a walk-off home run with St. Louis, this Los Angeles postseason hero Taylor reached a full count before the single to the left gave Pollock enough time to score.
Los Angeles catcher Will Smith broke his tie after standing in the batter’s box as the first batter in the fourth inning. Before Fried went to his fastball, he immediately made a cold strike with a pair of curved balls. Smith soared it 416 feet and sent it to a home run left fielder stand. This is his third postseason.
It was Los Angeles’ turn that the lead disappeared rapidly. Tony Gonsolin participated as the Dodgers’ fourth pitcher in one in four appearances. He won his second inning with a flyball from Albies. However, Atlanta’s cleanup batter Riley was lurking around the on-deck circle. As he walked towards the plate, only a few chanters demanded that he win the league’s most valuable player award.
Riley missed the slider. He took another. It was 87 mph at the same speed as the first, but a bit off the plate. Then came the fastball, followed by a crack, a rising roar, and a solo home run to the left.
Scoreboard switching has stopped and the latest ties have extended half of the game.
However, the nine-time Atlanta lineup promised danger. There was Freddie Freeman, who was enough first baseman for Atlanta to beat the Brewers in Game 4 of the Division Series on Tuesday’s eight home runs. He didn’t find such magic on Saturday when he was at the end of 14 Atlanta strikeouts.
Levitating in the sixth inning, Alby swung on the first pitch seen by Treinen to eliminate one of Los Angeles’ most menacing scoring opportunities. The ball jumped out into the outfield near an etching of grass in honor of Atlanta’s slugger Hank Aaron, who died in January.
The Dodgers trio is approaching. The ball fell on the field. The winner was the base pass and one was out.
When Riley came to the plate, the MVP’s cheers returned. Alby ran away immediately.
A few hours after Richard G. Sneed, principal chief of the Cherokee Indian Eastern band, shouted “play the ball” in front of the sold-out Troist Park, the chop chant swelled. Atlanta fans rhythmically shook their right arm. Treinen turned to the plate and pitched 0-1 count.
Riley swung on the lower half pitch of the strike zone. The ball hit the outfield and bounced towards the left wing corner. Alby took off his helmet, raised his arms to celebrate, and ran through the home plate. The whole sequence probably took 7 seconds.
Albies then said he had no doubt that Riley was coming. Last year he played Treinen in Thai Game 1 of the NLCS. The game’s nine home runs have launched Atlanta’s four-run rally. Atlanta was playing as a visiting team in Texas Neutral Field. Coronavirus pandemic.
That night, Atlanta proved that he only needed his swing to ensure a late win — just as it did again on Saturday night in Georgia.
Scott Miller Contribution report.