Atlanta – Unknown moments often pave the way for defining special moments in the World Championships, but unknown moments can define their own.
That’s what happened with Ramy Braves Kyle Wright when he threw a perfect rest in the elusive Game 2 in Houston on Wednesday. It didn’t look like much at the time, but that one round paid dividend for the Braves, who after winning 3-2 in Game 4 on Saturday night – with a massive Wright hand when they needed it most – sat down just once to win their first title in World Championships since 1995.
So if the Braves win the World Championship, consider Wright as the best player in the Honorary Series for his performance in Game 4.
“Kyle is the reason we won the game,” Braves coach Brian Sneeker said of Wright, who entered the match as the first with the bases loaded and one after the opening had Dylan Lee shaky and allowed three of the first four hits. to reach.
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Wright’s first hitter, Carlos Correa, retired on a weak hitter, then hit Houston’s bass hitter Kyle Tucker swinging with the second and third runners–exceptional display of damage control.
Wright remained steady from there. The Astros caused him to bend, but he never broke. Ultimately, Wright threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, one run and three walks while hitting three. He was good enough, and he kept the bravest in the game.
In other words, the moment wasn’t too big of a deal for the 26-year-old – it was just the right fit.
“What Kyle did in extending that match was just – he probably didn’t even realize what he did for us and how big that was, especially the situation he came in,” Snicker said.
Wright, who only appeared twice with the Braves in 2021, spent most of the season in Triple-A, accumulating roles, honing his skills and trying to give Atlanta reason to believe he’s an important part of the future. And he admitted after Saturday’s game that it was the right move for him, even if it wasn’t his favorite ride.
“I kind of pressed the restart button a little bit,” he told reporters. “I’ve been struggling a lot this year and I’ve been, frankly, a bit lost. I kind of went back and watched a bunch of old videos to see where I was when I was doing well. I basically found where I needed to be very strict on those mechanical changes, And I feel like it puts me in a much better position now to be more consistent.”
His manager agreed.
“The greatest thing these guys can get is experience, I don’t care where it is,” Snicker said. “I think we’ve asked him a lot in his young career, and I love the fact that he’s been able to stay there all year, and he’s put in a really good year. For me, tonight, I’ve seen that. He was the most mature pitcher because he had more experience.”
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Wright was added to the World Championship roster not only because the Braves needed a deep crew, but also because the team was confident they could handle it. And when Charlie Morton fell in the first game, Wright was almost certain to be a factor before the series ended.
“He’s not shy about moments like this. He’s been in big situations since I’ve known him,” said Dansby Swanson, Wright’s teammate on Vanderbilt’s team, reflecting on how Wright would function as a freshman.
Swanson said he told Braves president Alex Antopoulos that Wright had “got it.”
“I know he does,” Swanson said. “He was screws for us at the time, and he’s obviously been very special so far here in this world championship.”
Which brings us back to our second game outing.
Wright entered the game with the Braves trailing the Astros 7-2. All he did was hit Jose Seri, Martin Maldonado, and Jose Altuve respectively – he looked poised, confident and badass. It was his first major league action of any kind since June 23, when he allowed five realized runs in two rounds against the Mets. Returning to the majors by hitting the side would be a confidence booster in July, not to mention the World Championships.
It’s rubbish time, but don’t underestimate how much of a Kyle Wright outing can pay dividends for Braves later in the series.
– Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster) October 28, 2021
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With the Braves pitching crew already in place after Morton broke his leg in Game 1, it was hoped that Wright’s appearance in what amounted to baseball trash time would make him acclimatize to the Astros and the spotlight – as he will almost certainly be wanted later as the Braves planned Bullpen matches When the series moved to Atlanta. Wright said after Saturday’s game that the halftime in Houston was a low-key introduction to the series, and that carried over to Game 4.
“On the playing field, I felt in control,” he said, later referring to a “bundle of confidence.”
Which helped with the game plan: “Just attack and let the players play, and that’s what we did.”
Wright’s contribution to Game 4 was as significant as the back-to-back competitions from Swanson and George Soler that tied the game and then put the Braves on top. But we probably won’t remember it that way for long because insult always triumphs over long rest in our collective memory. But this will not reduce the performance impact. Wright didn’t get a win, he didn’t even get a contract. Officially, all he did was appear in the game. But, of course, his teammates and his manager know better.
Snitker kept coming back to her in describing Wright’s outing: “huge.” It is achieved.
The Braves are one championship victory, thanks to an unknown moment that ended up being a defining moment in the World Championships.