Austin Riley led the ninth inning with a homer tiebreak that caused four outbursts, and the Atlanta Braves opened their first series of the 2001 National League Championship with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
Riley, Braves’ No. 9 batter, hit a 448 drive to left-back by Blake Trainen, who had just entered the game, provoking a strong reaction and several tomahawk chants from the first fans eligible to attend a major league game. this season.
The brave were not ready after the host of Riley made 2-1
In a match of teams that ranked 1-2 in the bigs during the regular season for both tracks and homers, and in the first opening of the NLCS since 2007, with both teams undefeated in the postseason, the Braves had another impressive performance of iTunes, even without stopping.
Will Smith, Braves’ third pitcher, worked perfectly eighth before Mark Melancon closed it. Atlanta allowed a total of six runs until they won all six playoff games.
Before the ninth, the only tracks were a pair of individual homers. Freddie Freeman went deep for Atlanta in the first, and Kike Hernandez led the Dodgers fifth with a homer.
This was the first time since March 12, the day spring training was suspended due to the coronavirus, there were fans in the stands for MLB play.
All 10,700 tickets available to the general public were sold, in addition to about 800 used by the league and teams. That was about 28% of the capacity of 40,518 at the new Texas Rangers site, where the retractable roof was open for the first NLCS game played on a neutral site.
Game 2 is on Tuesday night, with Braves rookie Ian Anderson facing up to three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
In the meantime in the AL Championship Series, Manuel Margo struck home three times with one battle after a decisive mistake in Houston and made a spectacular catch on the right field in his former home ball, while the Tampa Bay Race defeated the Astros 4-2.
Margo lost to Lance McCullers Jr. by two outs in the first inning. Inning later, he tracked George Springer’s long ball foul in the right field as he shielded his face from the sun and caught it as he rolled over the padded railing on the wall and landed in an alley near the seats on the Petko Park line.
Margo jumped up and picked up the glove with the ball in it after a 102-foot sprint. This ended the inning, leaving two runners.