The Braves have waited 19 years for a night like they experienced on Monday, and even though it was a tough road, the offense delivered in full force when it counted. Austin Riley blasted a go-ahead, game-winning homer in the ninth inning, which was followed by three more runs thanks to Ronald Acuna, Marcell Ozuna, and Ozzie Albies. Atlanta won 5-1 after Max Fried and the Braves bullpen stifled the Dodgers. This recipe for success has become commonplace for the Braves this postseason, but as long as they keep winning, nobody will care. The Atlanta Braves have a 1-0 in the NLCS.
The wait is over. The Braves have reached the NLCS and after Monday, now now own a 1-0 series lead against the Dodgers. The pitching was outstanding and the offense was explosive when it was needed most.
The Braves lost Adam Duvall to an oblique injury in game one. The outfielder appears likely to be removed from the roster for the remainder of the series (and the playoffs), which will undoubtedly be a blow for Atlanta. Duvall brings power and defense in the outfield, and would have been especially valuable in matchups against Kershaw, Urias, Wood, and other left-handers for the Dodgers.
The Rays are well on their way to the World Series.
Morgan is a giant loss for the baseball world. He was an incredible player and was among the most recognizable presences on ESPN broadcasts alongside Jon Miller for many years.
Is Billy Beane done with baseball in Oakland?