Atlanta Braves Match Historic Boston Red Sox Feat to Tame Houston Astros at MLB World Series Game 3

Published 10/30/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher A.J. Minter (33) reacts against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning during game three of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


The Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the World Series yesterday to move 2-1 up in the series. While the hitters of both teams scored several runs in the first two games, their pitchers took yesterday’s game over. And it was the Braves’ bullpen that came up trumps, as they outfoxed the Astros with some incredible pitching.

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Across nine innings, Braves manager Brian Snitker used five pitchers. Together, their bullpen made World Series history en route to recording a crucial victory over the AL Pennant winners.

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Atlanta Braves pitchers make World Series history with stellar performances

Following an injury to star pitcher Charlie Morton in Game 1, many wondered who the Braves would field as a starting pitcher. They went with Max Fried in Game 2, who ended up conceding five runs in their 7-2 defeat to the Astros.

Yesterday, Snitker fielded Ian Anderson as their starting pitcher, which seemed the right choice. The 23-year-old looked unplayable, recording four strikeouts in five innings played. In fact, no-hitter from Astros mustered a single hit off Anderson, which simply showed how good he was on the night.

Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson (36) throws against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Minter picked up from where Anderson left off in the sixth inning, as the Astros failed to record a hit off him as well. Luke Jackson then produced the same performance in the seventh inning to keep the Astros grounded.

In the next two innings, the Astros recorded just two hits, ensuring the Braves made World Series history. They became the first team to field five pitchers and allow two or fewer hits in a World Series game.

The team also matched iconic Boston Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg’s feat by producing seven straight no-hitter innings. In 1967, Lonborg scored seven and 2/3rd no-hitter innings in Game 2 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Can the Braves extend their lead in Game 4?

With an exceptional pitching performance yesterday, the Braves will be high on confidence ahead of Game 4. However, the Astros will look to rally later today, knowing they only suffered a narrow defeat yesterday.

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Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (center) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Houston Astros during game three of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Braves’ bullpen continue their brilliance on the mound, the Astros could see the World Series slip away from them. Whether that is the way today’s game pans out, only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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