Braves manager Brian Snitker was sitting in the dugout—a result of the cold and rainy Atlanta weather Friday night—rather than sitting up front when Astros sent Aledmys Diaz to the plate to pinch Friday night.
To that point in the game, leading the eighth inning, the Braves kept Houston out of the hitting column, with five runs from the start Ian Anderson, a turn from AJ Minter and a half from Luke Jackson.
Diaz hit a shallow fly after a 2-1 against Braves left Tyler Matzek. Everyone at Atlanta’s Truist Park stared straight up as the ball soared high into the air toward left field. When left-back Eddie Rosario raced and Dansby Swanson rushed back, it became unclear whether the ball would be caught. As it turned out, the ball hit the floor untouched, breaking the hitter’s total and the Atlanta shot went down in history at the World Championships.
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While the Braves still won the game 3-2, and coaches and players after the game might say that winning is all that matters, many fans wanted to be able to watch a little bit of baseball history. There was only one out of nine runs not a hitter in the history of the World Championships. It came in 1956 when Don Larsen made a perfect match for the Yankees against the Dodgers at Game 5.
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What happened on the Astros’ first hit?
The play may have seemed routine, and in many cases, it would have seemed so.
According to Carlos Collazo, American baseball playerThe probability of hitting a volleyball was 85 percent.
In such a situation, the left player would normally take control and ask the short player, who would then go out of the way to allow the play to take place. However, as Braves manager Brian Snitker explained, this level of communication is easier said than done in a World Series game on a team field court.
“It’s very loud and hard to hear,” Snicker said. “This is one of those plays where you train, if you have someone who can run the throwing machine really well, do it when we prioritize the pop in spring training. This is a big play we do so we don’t have wrecks and the guys take over. But in this Circumstances, anything can happen because men cannot hear each other.”
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Rosario was advancing and seemed to read volleyball, but when he looked down and realized he and Swanson were on a collision course, he backed away.
“I started charging the ball really hard right away, and I noticed Dansby was charging hard too,” Rosario said through an interpreter. “He had his back to the ball, so obviously we’re trying to play with the ball.” “When I found out I had a bead on it, I was trying to say, ‘I got it. I got it. “But I obviously knew Dansby couldn’t hear me, so at the last minute, knowing we couldn’t communicate, I just wanted to make sure we avoided any collisions between us. Right there.”
It was probably the best thing he did. Had the two collided, quarterback Adam Duvall looked still a bit out of place and would have likely allowed Diaz to reach second base, putting the sprinter in the scoring center with no one off. By sacrificing the hit, Rosario was able to keep Diaz at the start. Diaz was later raised for pinch runner, Jose Seri, who took off for second in a stolen base attempt with two outs. He was able to advance to third with a faulty throw by catcher Travis Darno. Then Michael Brantley walked out leaving Ciri stuck there.
The Braves will allow one more hit on Friday. Alex Bregman led the top of the ninth with one ball into the right field for a turn. Given how aligned the defense was, the Atlanta strikers had no chance of retiring Bergman.