Metropolitan native Ian Anderson and the Atlanta Braves head off for the World Series.
The former Shenendechova high school star did not serve long enough to win the Braves’ Game 6 4-2 in the National League Championship Series, but the 23-year-old played a key role in the decisive victory in the series. against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Saturday night’s starter pitcher for the Braves, Anderson struck out four hitters, hit three, hit one, and earned a run in four innings. Anderson threw only 66 assists in four innings, but the Braves hit Anderson with two strikeouts at the end of the fourth – and it was a solid decision.
In a 1-1 game with two strikeouts and a runner in the first, Ehir Adrianza, hitting for Anderson, doubled to extend the half. Eddie Rosario then won a remarkable NLCS with a three-way homer, helping send the Braves to the World Series for the first time since 1999.
The Braves won a four-to-two streak, expelling the demons of last year’s NLCS – when Atlanta lost 2-0 and 3-1 to the Dodgers – to face the AL champion Astros. Game 1 will take place Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
The Braves will be aiming for their first title in the series since 1995, when they beat Cleveland with a team that included Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavin, John Smoltz and Chipper Jones – a serious group that has become more famous for its numerous flops on postseason. during a landmark streak of 14 straight division titles.
This vibrant team is led by a much more unexpected hero.
Rosario, acquired through multiple deals shortly before the July 30 trading deadline that rebuilt the depleted Braves field, set a franchise record in Atlanta and became only the fifth player in baseball history to record 14 hits in a postseason streak.
Will Smith finished 1-2-3 in ninth for his fourth save in the postseason after a brilliant escape from winner Tyler Matsek, who escaped a massive seventh-place congestion with a sidefield punch. The left-hander has 11 strikeouts with runners in scoring positions in the seventh inning or later this postseason.
Spurred on by the chant of “Eddie! Eddie! Eddie ”from over 43,000 raucous sellout crowd, Rosario finished 14 of 25 (.560) against the Dodgers, with three Homers and nine RBIs.
His latest hit was by far the biggest in the career of the 30-year-old Puerto Rican.
With the score of 1 at the end of the fourth match, Rosario took the lead after doubling Adrianza in the right corner of the field. Slow running catcher Travis D’Arnot finished third thanks to coach Ron Washington, who surely knew who would be next.
Rosario entered into a long duel with Walker Buehler, who went on a three-day rest after ace Max Scherzer could not get out due to a tired hand.
Rosario swung and missed the first two assists. Then he is fouled. Then he took the ball. He then fouls on two more assists.
Finally, he got one he liked from a 16-game Dodgers winner – a boat that Rosario turned into a 105 mph rocket on the right field line, higher and higher, straight as an arrow, until he landed back. on the seats below. Chop House restaurant.
Rosario knew he was gone, dancing down the finish line after throwing a final shot from 361 feet to a highly paid team that won 106 games during the regular season – 18 more than the NL East Braves winner – but failed to take first a re-champion baseball since 2000, when the New York Yankees won their third title in a row.
Anderson made his second start at the NLCS. A 2016 Shenendechov High School graduate who helped the Plains advance to the AA State Championship that year, Anderson finished third in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft. Anderson made his MLB debut last year and was 9-5 with a 3.58 ERA during the 2021 campaign, in which he struck out 124 hitters in 128 1-3 innings.
During the Braves’ postseason race, Anderson played three games. In 12 innings, the 6-foot-3 right pitcher had three earned wounds and knocked out a dozen.
A year ago, when the Braves ended the NLCS defeat to the Dodgers, Anderson was one of the Braves’ top players in the postseason. In the 2020 playoffs, Anderson had a 0.96 ERA and struck out 24 hitters in 18 2-3 innings. This postseason success follows the 2020 regular season, in which Anderson recorded a 3-2 record, 1.95 ERA and struck out 41 sluggers in 32 1-3 innings after being called up to MLB level in late August.
Saturday night, after Anderson allowed Cody Bellinger’s hitting single to finish fourth in his penultimate striker, Atlanta’s well-rested bullpen took over.
A.J. Minter hit four of two working innings. Luke Jackson failed to come out in seventh place, losing to AJ Pollock’s double, but Matsek was stuck in second and third with three consecutive strikeouts – the last of them Muki Betts on three points.
Macek returned to the hill 1-2-3 eighths before handing it over to Smith.
The Braves took the lead with two consecutive takes behind Buhler in the first – second of them Austin Riley, who knocked down the left field line with a single jump into the Dodgers’ bullpen.
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