ARLINGTON, Texas – The Atlanta Braves are the only team left in baseball with an unbeaten record this season. They got their last win with a magical ninth inning and a massive home run from their ninth striker.
A year after being suspended from the roster of the season, Austin Riley, located at the bottom of the Braves squad, smashed a 448-foot shot that caused an offensive flood and led to a 5-1
Entering the opening program, neither Braves nor Dodgers had lost in the playoffs, and Los Angeles, which came out with the best record in the regular season of 60 games, was greatly favored. The brave did not mind. In Game 1, they followed their tried and tested formula for dominant passing and enough insult.
Of course, it took more than three hours for the violation to begin. With a game of 1, Riley took the ninth inning against Dodgers facilitator Blake Trainin and took 98 tons per hour, a two-way fast ball to the left-center field to bring the Braves ahead 2-1. A double by Ronald Akunya Jr., a single by Marcel Ozuna and a home by Ozzy Albis – all, like Riley’s blow, came after 0-2 – spilled onto the insurance tracks, and Mark Melanson made a 1-2-3 ninth inning for secure the game.
“We’re like a game in the NBA,” said Braves manager Brian Snicker. “You don’t want to leave. Because a lot of things happen in the last third.”
The 23-year-old Riley appeared as a star in the first month of his career in the big league in 2019, but in the second half he collapsed badly and ended up spending October at home. A 6-foot 3, 220-pound third baseman and outfielder, Riley has the ability to hit the ball away, and when he sent it to the few fans in the field on Monday, chanting and Tomahawk chops accompanied him as he took the winning lap.
“I couldn’t feel my legs when I ran around the bases,” he said.
Everyone else felt it in the Braves team, which was left without a result from the first inning, when the star Freddie Freeman lost at the start of the Dodgers Walker Buhler.
“That’s a pretty good number 9 to open, isn’t it?” Freeman said.
Buhler bowed, but never tried for the next four innings, passing five and scoring seven. He was overtaken by Braves starter Max Fried, who continued six passes and made nine shots, but allowed a binding home game in the fifth by the Dodgers’ No. 8 striker, Enrique Hernandez.
The Bulpen dueled, with Brusdar Graterol working on the Buehler-created jam in the sixth, and Victor Gonzalez putting out a Dustin May fire in the eighth. No one could save the Dodgers in the ninth – neither Trainen, who gave up the first three goals, nor Jake McGee, who allowed the home team from Albis, which gave Braves’ breathing room and made Texas feel terribly like Atlanta.
“We haven’t heard anything but a fake crowd,” Freeman said. “It was very necessary. 11,000 people really felt like 50,000 people to us.”