Braves Shut Down Astros, Win WS Game 3

Jonathan Grant | October 30th, 2021

Cold and dreary. Those are two words that could describe both the weather in Atlanta on Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series. They can also be used to describe the bats of the visiting Houston Astros. That’s because, over the course of nine innings, they managed just two hits against the five-man pitching core the Braves threw at them. Ian Anderson started and went five innings without allowing a run- on just 76 pitches- before handing the ball off to AJ Minter.

Minter and Luke Jackson didn’t allow a run either through seven, and the Astros finally got hits off of Tyler Matzek and Will Smith in the eighth and ninth. However, those didn’t turn into much, as Atlanta held on to their 2-0 advantage to go up 2-1 in the series. The winning run came way back in the bottom of the third when Austin Riley doubled in Eddie Rosario. They stranded three runners aboard in that very same frame, but it ultimately didn’t do too much damage to them. In the bottom of the eighth, Travis d’Arnaud hit a solo home run on what was virtually one of the only two well-hit balls all night. That gave closer Smith the additional breathing room he needed, and now Atlanta finds themselves two wins away from being crowned improbable world champions.

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