Braves stymied; Dodgers force Game 7
The Game 1 rematch between Walker Buehler and Max Fried was as advertised. Both pitchers went deep into the game and both offenses struggled to get much going; except in the first couple innings. Fried was shaky out of the gate and the Dodgers’ capitalized with back-to-back jacks from Corey Seager and Justin Turner and an RBI single from Cody Bellinger staking Buehler a 3-run lead.
The Braves responded with 3-straight singles to load the bases in the top of the 2nd but failed to score as Beuhler struck out Austin Riley and Nick Markakis and escaped unscathed after Christian Pache grounded out. The Dodgers’ elite defense was on display yet again as Mookie Betts made a stellar catch going back into the wall and Joc Pederson robbed a hit coming in. The Braves only managed a single tally losing 3-1. Breakout rookie Ian Anderson will look to continue his postseason brilliance against a rocking-and-rolling Dodgers lineup in a winner-take-all Game 7 tomorrow.
Randy! Rays are going to the World Series
Randy Arozarena has been on fire the entire postseason and he once again announced his presence to the world with a 1st inning 2-run homer to give the Rays the Game 7 lead they needed. Charlie Morton was brilliant on the mound, going 5.2 1-hit innings before giving way to the stable of bullpen arms.
The Astros rallied twice, once in the 6th, when they chased Morton and had runners on the corners with 2 outs against Nick Anderson. DH Michael Brantley, who had their only hit so far in the game, grounded out to end the threat. Then, in the 8th, they rallied again on Anderson with a pinch-hit walk by Aledmys Diaz and a Jose Altuve single. The Rays brought in fireballer Pete Fairbanks to stop the rally; but first, he walked Brantley and gave up a 2-run single to Carlos Correa. Alex Bregman, representing the go-ahead run, struck out swinging to end the inning and the Astros’ chances. Fairbanks was lights out in the 9th and the instant-classic series ended with Tampa going to their second Fall Classic in franchise history.