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The Braves win the World Series

(Houston) Twenty-six years later, the Braves are once again at the pinnacle of major league baseball.

Posted Nov 3, 2021

Jorge Soler and Dansby Swanson homered, Max Fried was exceptional and Atlanta won 7-0 on Tuesday to win the World Series in six games, beating the Houston Astros.

This victory is also the most prestigious chapter in the history of Quebecer Alex Anthopoulos, who in 20 years has gone from volunteering at the Montreal Expos to general manager and president of baseball operations for the champions.

Anthopoulos will have to receive a lot of credit for this triumph, especially for the acquisition of Joc Pederson, Eddie Rosario and Jorge Soler during the season. All three played a big part in the victory, especially Soler, who was chosen MVP.

In the celebration on the ground, however, it was impossible to find the Montrealer. Some media reported that he stayed at his home in Georgia, struggling with COVI-19.

The Braves most recently took part in the World Series in 1999, when they were swept away by the New York Yankees.

As an Atlanta-based outfit, the Braves won the World Series in 1995, beating the Cleveland Indians.

Once again, the celebration took place in an opposing stadium. The last time the World Series was won by a club playing at home was in 2013, when Boston converted the occasion.

“We had every possible problem, every obstacle this year,” said veteran Freddie Freeman, who drove in the last two points for his team. Injuries and all you want. We overcame all that. »

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos was unable to attend his team’s triumph, having tested positive for coronavirus. The Montreal native had to watch the match from home.

Ozzie Albies and Eddie Rosario were on base with a single and a walk on the Soler home run in the third.

Two innings later, Swanson slammed another four-base hit, after a walk allowed to Albies. Also in the fifth, Freeman drove in one more run with a double, before hitting a solo homer in the seventh.


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Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates

Swanson homered off Cristian Javier-like in Game 4.

Soler, a 29-year-old Cuban, hit his third long ball since the start of the series.

The ball traveled very far beyond left field (446 feet, according to the calculations). Soler was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.

Only one other Cuban has had this honor: Livan Hernandez in 1997, with the Marlins.

The Astros squandered a good chance to do damage in the first inning, where they had two runners on base and no outs.

Jose Altuve hit a single to the infield and Michael Brantley reached the bases via an error from Max Fried, on a ground ball where Freeman made a short throw to him.

Fried put his foot next to the pad and Brantley stomped on his right ankle. The therapist went to see Fried, but Fried stayed in the game.

Fried escaped the misstep via two strikeouts and a groundout, though.


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Dansby Swanson (7)

Fried allowed only four hits in six innings, all singles. The 27-year-old southpaw struck out six batters and did not allow a walk.

Fried only needed eight shots in the second and the same number in the fourth. In the latter case, the impatience of the local club’s hitters was flagrant, after a Carlos Correa single.

Tyler Matzek followed with four strikeouts in two innings, then Will Smith took on the ninth.

The last out was a ground out by Yuli Gurriel to shortstop Dansby Swanson, who grew up in suburban Atlanta.

“The guys never let up,” said winning manager Brian Snitker, 66, who has been with the organization for four decades.

“We lost a lot of songs over the summer, but there was always a guy to pick up the slack. »

The retractable roof was open; at the time of the first throw, it was a very comfortable 20 degrees Celsius, in Houston.

In the crowd are Lucas Giolito of the White Sox and Jack Flaherty of the Cards, Fried’s teammates at Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles.

All three pitchers were in action in inaugural games this year.

Fried excelled in the regular season (14-7 and a 3.04 average). He was also very solid against Milwaukee and Los Angeles in the playoffs. However, its performance had been declining recently.

On October 21, he gave up five runs and eight hits in four and two-thirds innings at Dodger Stadium.

In Game 2 at Houston, he allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings. The Astros won that game 7-2, with the roof open that night as well.

Luis Garcia, who had only had three days of respite, left after granting Soler’s home run. In two and two-thirds innings, he gave up three runs, two hits and a walk.

“Losing is hard to swallow, but you know what, you have to get up,” Astros manager Dusty Baker, 72, said. It gives even more motivation for next year. »

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