Braves Win First Pennant Since 1999, Headed To Houston

Jonathan Grant | October 24th, 2021

After over 20 years of trying, the Atlanta Braves are finally heading back to the World Series. Having had a chance to do so last season against the Los Angeles Dodgers- when they led 3-1 in the NLCS- they let it get away. 2021, however, was different. With that same 3-1 lead after four games, they did not fall apart. The Braves held their nerve in Game 6 on Saturday to win 4-2 and move on to face the Houston Astros.

The Braves led early when Austin Riley doubled, ground-rule style, to give them the lead. The Dodgers were not keen on making it easy for their hosts, and they tied the game with a brilliant piece of hitting from Cody Bellinger in the fourth. But it was in the bottom of the inning when the Braves- and manager Brian Snitker- shined brightest. Eddie Rosario, who was obviously the NLCS MVP by a wide margin, would hit a three-run homer to put them up 4-1. The Dodgers did grab one back in the seventh, but the bleeding was stopped right there, and the score held until the final out was recorded. The defending World Series champs had been ousted, and a team that wasn’t even able to reach .500 until August made their way to the Fall Classic. Baseball is just incredible, isn’t it? Game 1 of the World Series kicks off on Tuesday in Houston.

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