ATLANTA – Dansby Swanson kept his right arm in the air as he glided around the bases. The excitement was slowly building through the night as a sleepy Atlanta Braves roster began to wake up. But after Swanson’s tie-breaking home run crackled off the top of the right-court wall at the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 4 of the World Series, Truist Park exploded.
Minutes later, Jorge Soler fired a pinch-hit forward just over the left-court wall, and the joy was doubled. The players jumped out of the shelter at home. A Braves fan who grew up outside of Atlanta, Swanson screamed, clapped, and waved his arms as he watched Soler escape. After failing to put a runner in scoring position for most of the game, Atlanta was suddenly one win away from the championship.
Leaving most of Saturday behind, Atlanta took a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros and took a three-game one lead in a best-of-seven streak. Atlanta entered the postseason with the fewest wins (88) of any of the 10 teams in the playoffs, and are now one win away from claiming their first World Series title since 1995.
For a second chilly night in suburban Atlanta, the home team showed the strongest attack in baseball weak. On Friday, Atlanta took a hit in the eighth round and kept Houston goalless. A day later, Atlanta fell behind early, but a squad of shooters did enough to keep the game close for offense.
Before the game, Atlanta fans were encouraged by the team to do the tomahawk chop, which is called a chanting and waving tradition. offensive by several Indian groups. Among those who did this were former President Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania. (He did it again during Atlanta’s sixth rally.)
In April, Trump called for a boycott of Major League Baseball, following commissioner Rob Manfred. changed the annual All-Star Game Out of Truist Park because of Georgia’s new, more restrictive voting law. Terry McGuirk, CEO of Atlanta, recently told USA Today He said that Trump called MLB because he wanted to attend the game and the team was surprised but entertained him by giving him his own suite.
In a statement Saturday afternoon, Trump thanked Yankees chairman Manfred and Randy Levine for the invitation. Later, an MLB spokesperson said, “As previously reported, President Trump has requested to participate.”
4. With a few reliable options to start the game, teams turned to pitchers with completely different experience levels. Houston selected Zack Greinke, a former Cy Young Award winner who played 530 games during the regular season and fell into the bullpen as he entered the postseason arena. Atlanta turned to rookie Dylan Lee to start a bullfight match.
Prior to this postseason, Lee’s only major league action was two regular season relief games this year. on Saturday, it was first shooter in history To kick off its first major league in the World Series.
Not surprisingly, Lee stuttered. He faced four hits, gave up walks one and two, and only nicked one. His replacement, Kyle Wright, another pitcher who spent nearly all season in the minor leagues, provided a lift.
Wright did five strokes and three walks with four and three strokes, but only one run. Greinke, who has only hit fours and twos in threes this month and has had no more than 37 hits in any game, has had four goalless hits on 58 pitches. Both teams’ offenses, especially Houston’s, struggled to turn the basic runners into runs.
After stranding seven runners in the first three innings, the Astros broke. As Wright dropped a fastball that sank into the heart of the plate on the fourth inning, Jose Altuve threw Houston over the midfield fence for a solo blast that took a 2-0 lead. He led Altuve to second place in post-career home runs (23). Only former Cleveland and Boston slugger Manny Ramirez (29) has more.
But as Atlanta Manager Brian Snitker went through one powerful save after another, he bought time for his team’s hitters. Atlanta was a runner up in goal position for the first time on Saturday, when left fielder Eddie Rosario doubled down with an exit in the sixth inning. Austin Riley scored to cut his team’s deficit in half when he single-handedly hit the left field.
After one hit, Atlanta took the lead. Strong throughout the season, Astros saver Cristian Javier threw a 0-2 fastball at Swanson. He hit the backcourt for his first home run this October.
After one inning, Soler sent a 2-1 slider, again from the middle of the batting zone, over the fence and closer to a championship to Atlanta.