Braves edging closer

21 October 2021 22:27:17 GMTPlus11
Braves close in on World Series

The Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the National League Championship series, and leave them needing one win in the series to reach their first World Series since 1999.

The Braves are 5/4 to win the World Series and it was Eddie Rosario who helped himself to four hits in a game for the second time in the NLCS and tied a Braves postseason record with 12 total bases.

Rosario shines for Braves

Rosario fell a double short of becoming the second player to hit for a cycle in a postseason game. During the NLCS, the 30-year-old has hit .588 with a pair of four-hit games. He's the first player to have a pair of four-hit games in the same LCS since Robin Yount did it in 1982 for the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Rosario was non-tendered by the Minnesota Twins a year ago and was picked up by the Cleveland Indians in February. He was then traded to the Atlanta Braves at the deadline in July.

A warning comes to the Braves, that they held a 3-1 lead over the Dodgers last season and succumbed to pressure as Los Angeles went onto win the pennant, and take the overall World Series crown.  

Speaking to the official Atlanta Braves website, first baseman Freddie Freeman said: "It's 2021, this is a different team to 2020. A whole different thing, I think everybody wants to have a 3-1 lead, so we'll take it.

"I was very young when they last went (to the World Series), so we got a good team and we're playing really good baseball and hopefully we can take this thing home and get to the World Series."

Atlanta have their number one pitcher Max Fried on the mound for game five.

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