Sports analyst Tommy Reid discusses the team’s fight through adversity to defeat the Houston Astros.
The 2021 World Series is now complete and with that comes a new MLB world champion: the Atlanta Braves. The number two ranked American League Houston Astros took on the number three ranked National League Champion Atlanta Braves in this best of seven series.
Game One took place on Oct. 26 in Houston, Texas. The Braves wasted no time getting the scoring started as Jorge Soler became the first person in World Series history to hit a true leadoff home run. Adam Duvall followed up this with a home run of his own in the third inning giving the Braves a 5-0 lead that ultimately resulted in a 6-2 Game One win.
The following evening Game Two happened. This time, Houston responded to their loss in the previous game by showing that they were determined to show the world that, despite losing the first game, they were not out yet. A four-run bottom of the second inning gave the Astros a 5-1 lead and eventually resulted in a 7-2 win, knotting the series at one game apiece.
After a day of travel to Atlanta, the Braves hosted the Astros in Game Three. This time it was the flawless pitching for eight innings that kept the Astros from getting a single hit and allowing the Braves to get a 1-0 lead. While the no-hit bid ended in the top of the eighth inning, the Braves secured another run in the bottom of the eighth inning which ultimately gave them a 2-0 win and a 2-1 series lead.
The next day, the two teams played yet again—this time it was Game Four. The hero of the game was Braves outfielder, Jorge Soler. Exactly three months from the day that he was traded in a final moment before the trade deadline, he came in to pinch hit and sent a line drive home run to left field scoring the go-ahead run. This gave the Braves a 3-2 game win and a 3-1 series lead.
Game Five was the following day and was the last of the three consecutive games in Atlanta. Knowing that elimination was coming if they did not win this game, the Astros came out swinging. While they did not hit a home run the entire game, they scored seven runs in the first five innings and ultimately won the game 9-5 sending the series back to Houston giving the Braves only a 3-2 lead.
With the Fall Classic shifting from October to November, on the second day of November, the Astros hosted Game Six. In this game, the Braves dominated the score card and ended up with a 7-0 shutout of the Astros. This gave them their first World Series title since 1995.
After the game, Braves Manager, Brain Snitker, remarked to the media, “Guys that are in baseball, that’s what we do. We fight through adversities. We grind. After a while, it’s what you do. It’s not who you are, it’s what you do.”