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41 minutes ago, Chas.Alpha said:

Back in the early 80’s, Debbie (wife) was in sports radio broadcasting. She told me that she traded for this from someone in the studio. (I didn’t ask for what😳)

Her passion for the Braves is honest...

Incredible stuff...I love it! 👍

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Greeting dear and valued friends! I reckon whoever said, 'tis the season to be jolly' was drunk at the time and was really meaning October Postseason Baseball and not Christmas! After all, is the

Unfortunately, she didn’t make the team. 😔 Can’t handle the outside curveball...

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2021 World Series - Atlanta Braves vs Houston Astros

Game 4

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Jorge Soler's pinch-hit home run was the deciding run of Game 4.
 
October 30, 2021 8:11 pm (EDT) at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia, 53 °F (12 °C), cloudy
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 X 3 8 1

WP: Tyler Matzek (1–0)   LP: Cristian Javier (0–1)   Sv: Will Smith (2)
Home runs:
HOU: José Altuve (2)
ATL: Dansby Swanson (1), Jorge Soler (2)
Attendance: 43,125
Boxscore

Prior to the game, the Astros replaced backup catcher Jason Castro on their roster with Garrett Stubbs, due to COVID-19 protocols. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by cancer survivor Elizabeth O’Connor, and the national anthem was performed by Jordan Fisher. Former U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended the game. Zack Greinke started for Houston, while Dylan Lee acted as an opener for Atlanta in his first MLB start. Greinke was placed eighth in Houston's batting order, the first starting pitcher in a World Series game not to bat ninth since Babe Ruth in Game 4 of the 1918 World Series.

In the top of the first, Lee allowed a hit to José Altuve while issuing two walks and recording one strikeout, then was relieved by Kyle Wright. Altuve scored on a ground out by Carlos Correa to give the Astros an early 1–0 lead. Altuve hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth to extend Houston's lead to 2–0. Greinke exited after four innings, having allowed no runs on four hits while striking out three and walking none. In the bottom of the sixth, Atlanta had runners at first and second with one out, via a double and a walk. Houston reliever Phil Maton entered, struck out Ozzie Albies, and allowed a hit to Austin Riley that scored a run, cutting the lead to 2–1. After an intentional walk to Joc Pederson that loaded the bases with two outs, Maton struck out Travis d'Arnaud to end the rally. Back-to-back solo home runs by Dansby Swanson and Jorge Soler off of Cristian Javier with one out in the bottom of the seventh put Atlanta ahead, 3–2. After a scoreless eighth inning, Atlanta closer Will Smith entered to pitch the top of the ninth. He retired the side in order for his second save in two days, as Atlanta took a 3–1 lead in the series.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_World_Series

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Can Houston come back from being 3-1 down in the 2021 World Series?

Being 3-1 in the best of seven game series has resulted in a win for the team leading 76 times out of 90 throughout the history of Baseball. So, for Houston to come back and win the next three games their chances currently stand at a 15.55% success rate.

How many teams have done this in the World Series?

Prior to 1969 when the Baseball Postseason was expanded to include the American League Championship Series and National League championship Series this occured three times:

  1. 1925 World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates over Washington Senators
  2. 1958 World Series: New York Yankees over Milwaukee Braves
  3. 1968 World Series: Detroit Tigers over St. Louis Cardinals

After 1969, this has occurred another three times since:

  1. 1979 World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates over Baltimore Orioles
  2. 1985 World Series: Kansas City Royals over St. Louis Cardinals
  3. 2016 World Series: Chicago Cubs over Cleveland Indians
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2021 World Series - Atlanta Braves vs Houston Astros

Game 5

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Martín Maldonado had three runs batted in during Game 5.

October 31, 2021 8:15 pm (EDT) at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia 52 °F (11 °C), partly cloudy
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 1 0 9 12 0
Atlanta 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 1

WP: José Urquidy (2–0)   LP: A. J. Minter (1–1)
Home runs:
HOU: None
ATL: Adam Duvall (2), Freddie Freeman (1)
Attendance: 43,122
Boxscore

Hall of Fame inductee Greg Maddux threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Lauren Alaina performed the national anthem. Framber Valdez started for Houston, while Tucker Davidson started for Atlanta; Davidson had not played in an MLB game since June 15.

Adam Duvall hit a grand slam for Atlanta with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, the 1st first inning Grand Slam in World Series play since 1960. At this stage of the game, the Braves led 4-0 and had a statistical 85.7% chance of winning Game 5 and thus the 2021 World Series. The Astros scored two runs in the second inning, with an RBI double by Alex Bregman and a sacrifice fly by Martín Maldonado. Houston scored twice more in the top of the third, coming on an error, walk, double, and ground out, to make it a 4–4 tie game. A solo home run by Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the inning put the Braves back ahead, 5–4. Both managers brought in relief pitchers during the third inning. The Astros tied the game at 5–5 in the fifth inning when Maldonado drew a walk with the bases loaded, and then scored two more runs on a single by Marwin González to take a 7–5 lead. The Astros added a run in the seventh on an RBI single by Maldonado, and a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Carlos Correa, making it 9–5. Kendall Graveman pitched the final two innings for Houston, holding the four-run lead as the Astros avoided elimination and sent the series back to Houston.

Zack Greinke singled for Houston in the fourth inning as a pinch hitter, becoming the first pitcher with a pinch hit in a World Series game since Jack Bentley of the New York Giants in 1923.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_World_Series

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2021 World Series - Atlanta Braves vs Houston Astros

Game 6

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Max Fried pitched six scoreless innings in Game 6 and earned the win.

November 2, 2021 7:10 pm (CDT) at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, 72 °F (22 °C), partly cloudy
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 7 7 1
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0

WP: Max Fried (1–1)   LP: Luis García (0–2)
Home runs:
ATL: Jorge Soler (3), Dansby Swanson (2), Freddie Freeman (2)
HOU: None
Attendance: 42,868
Boxscore

A "Rally Nun" threw out the ceremonial first pitch while country music artist Carly Pearce sang the national anthem. Prior to the game, Johan Camargo replaced Ehire Adrianza on the Braves' roster as Adrianza was placed on the paternity list. Luis García started for Houston and Max Fried started for Atlanta. The Braves took a 3–0 lead in the top of the third inning on a single and walk followed by a two-out home run by Jorge Soler. Garcia exited after Soler's home run, having pitched 2+2⁄3 innings while striking out three batters. In the top of the fifth, a two-run home run by Dansby Swanson followed by a walk then a two-out double by Freddie Freeman extended Atlanta's lead to 6–0. In the top of the seventh, Freeman hit a solo home run with two outs to make it 7–0. Tyler Matzek entered in relief in the bottom of the seventh; Fried allowed no runs on four hits while striking out six batters and walking none in six innings. Atlanta closer Will Smith was brought in to pitch the bottom of the ninth. He allowed a leadoff single to Michael Brantley but otherwise retired the side, giving the Braves the series win. Jorge Soler won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_World_Series

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