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Braves & Astros on the Brink

October 21, 2021 Braves & Astros on the Brink

By: Carlos Alvarez

Braves Crush Dodgers (9-2) to Take 3-1 Series Lead; Astros Roll Red Sox (9-1) to Take 3-2 Series Lead

We’re on the brink of a Braves-Astros World Series matchup after Wednesday’s action. Both teams dominated from start to finish to clear a path to the Fall Classic in the coming days. From Eddie Rosario’s two-homer night to an Astros sixth-inning explosion, here’s how the two teams inched closer to the big one.

 

NLCS Gm 4: Braves def. Dodgers (9-2)

The Eddie Rosario show continues for the Braves. Atlanta’s left-fielder crushed two home runs in Game 4 and ended the night 4-for-5 with four RBIs. He just a double away from hitting for the cycle, too. The Braves tagged a handful of runs through the first five innings against Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias, but a four-run ninth put Game 4 in the bag. (ATL Leads Series 3-1)

 

ALCS Gm 5: Astros def. Red Sox (9-1)

Astros’ ace Framber Valdez was the star of the show in Game 5 of the ALCS with a 1-run, 8-inning gem. Valdez gave up just three hits while striking out five Red Sox batters en route to a Houston runaway. Yordan Alvarez held the big bat for the ‘Stros with a 3-for-5 night that included two-run blast and three RBIs. (HOU Leads Series 3-2)

 

Upcoming Schedule

NLCS Gm 5: Braves at Dodgers (Thurs. 8:00 pm ET)

ALCS Gm 6: Red Sox at Astros (Fri. 8:00 pm ET)

 

Additional Storylines

B/R: Astros Primed for World Series Return Thanks to Framber Valdez’s Throwback Gem

MLB: Rosario & Duvall Hit Atlanta’s First Back-to-Back Playoff HRs Since 2002

 

Photo: Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images