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The Daily Chop: Adam Duvall comes through again

Duvall came through again in the clutch for Atlanta.

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Dansby Swanson and Adam Duvall came up clutch again on Sunday as the Atlanta Braves rallied in the ninth to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1. The win gives the Braves their first series lead since 2002 and is their first time with multiple postseason wins since 2004.

Swanson went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles including one off of Carlos Martinez in the ninth that scored pinch runner Billy Hamilton to tie the game. Swanson struggled after returning from the injured list over the final month of the season but has rebounded nicely in the NLDS. Swanson has a hit in all three games and is 5-for-11 in the series.

For the second straight game, Duvall came up in a big spot and delivered for Atlanta. He fell behind 0-2 before punching a single to center that scored Swanson and pinch runner Rafael Ortega to put the Braves in front for good. Duvall discussed the key moment after the game and said that he is just trying to put together solid at-bats. Duvall may not have delivered after being acquired last season from the Reds but that trade has paid huge dividends this season.

Brian Snitker wouldn’t tip his hand as to what his pitching plan will be for Game 4. Signs seem to indicate that Dallas Keuchel may get the start on short rest with Julio Teheran also an option.

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“I don’t think I realized how good this team was until I got over here,” he said. “And all three of us that came in the bullpen together, we all just kind of looked at each other and were laughing for the first two weeks, just, wow, this is impressive.

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“We have three or four areas where we need to improve,” Loretta said. “We certainly had trouble in the bullpen early and late in the season. The defense, for sure, I think it could have been much better. On the offensive side, we struck out way too much.”

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