ATLANTA – It wasn’t always pretty, but Game 1 of the 2021 National League Championship Series belongs to the Atlanta Braves after a chilling base hit by Austin Riley struck in the winning race.
Nothing has been easy for Atlanta as the Braves hit 14 times on catches in Game 1 and just three baserunners got past second. All three scored.
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If this game was any indication of how the series is going to be played, you might want to consider keeping a roll of antacids nearby.
Preview of the second game:
First step : 7:38 p.m. Sunday at Truist
Broadcast: TBS on TV, 680 La fan radio
Tickets: The game is officially sold out. Secondary market tickets are available.
Starting throwers: Ian Anderson for the Braves, Max Scherzer for the Dodgers. Anderson pitched five shutout innings in his last start in the Divisional Series against Milwaukee. He’s allowed just one point in four career playoff starts.
Scherzer brings a Hall of Fame resume to the game and has been stellar since his acquisition by the Dodgers during the All-Star break. The Braves have seen him several times over the years when he was with Washington with mixed results.
Scenarios: Can the Braves be offended by someone who isn’t named Austin Riley? Can Anderson silence the mighty Dodger Bats? Can the Dodgers Convert Baserunners to Races? Will Scherzer be ready to face an old enemy of the Braves?
With most baseball insiders predicting an easy Dodgers win, Saturday’s result surprised many. The Braves, at the very least, have shown resilience throughout the season, staying afloat during times of inconsistency and doing whatever it takes to secure the victory.
The question is, is that enough to beat the mighty Dodgers?
Game 1 was as close to a ‘win’ game as you’ll see in playoff baseball. This gives the Braves some leeway before they have to fly cross country to start the week in Los Angeles.
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Atlanta’s roster is expected to remain essentially the same, Saturday night’s surprise was Eddie Rosario in first place with Dansby Swanson coming back to eighth place in sequence.
Here is the remaining schedule for the series:
- SUNDAY, October 17: Dodgers at Braves, 7:38 p.m. (ET)
- TUESDAY, October 19: Braves at Dodgers, 5 p.m. ET
- WEDNESDAY, October 20: Braves at Dodgers, 8 p.m. ET
- THURSDAY, October 21: Braves at Dodgers, 8 p.m. ET
- SATURDAY, October 23: Dodgers at Braves, 5 p.m. ET as needed
- SUNDAY Oct. 24: Dodgers at Braves 7:30 p.m. ET as needed
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