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Braves Win NLCS Game 1 Against Dodgers, 3-2, Courtesy Of Austin Riley Walk-Off

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A rematch of last season’s National League Championship Series matchup between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, the sprint to best-of-seven went in the Braves’ favor for Game 1. Atlanta won 3-2, on the back of a walk-off run by 24-year-old Austin Riley — recording the fourth walk-off win of the MLB postseason.

The Brave had the game’s first score in the first inning when Eddie Rosario was on third and took off for home plate following an errant Corey Knebel pitch to go up 1-0.

Austin Riley provided some crucial hitting for the night (2-for-3) to make up for missed production from an absent Joger Soler — ruled out for the contest due to testing positive for COVID. Riley hit a solo homer deep left to tie up the game, 2-2, in the fourth inning.

Dodgers missed out on an opportunity to have two runners on base in the ninth when Cody Bellinger hit down center-right, until Chris Taylor overshot second base and was left stuck between bases for the out. Taylor brought AJ Pollock in for a tying score at the top of the second, but saw his night defined by the crucial out.

Tied in the bottom of the ninth, and with Ozzie Albies sitting on second, Riley brought Albies home off an RBI single, nabbing the thrilling victory, 3-2, for Atlanta.

Dodgers’ Max Scherzer was absent from Saturday’s action following Thursday evening’s close-out win against the Giants and will return to the mound for Game 2.

The Braves and Dodgers return to SunTruist Park on Sunday for Game 2.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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  1. I thought coming into the year Atlanta was the only other NL team with the talent to take down LA in a 7 game series, but that was with a healthy Acuna and an Ozuna not indicted for felony assault. That was a huge win to start the series, because now come the 3 stud starters in a row for LA. Roberts should not have given Atlanta a look at his entire bullpen in game 1, because that gives advantage to the Braves’ hitters the rest of the series. When you see the entire pen early in a series the hitters know what to expect the next 7 games. Roberts better hope his starters get quality starts and no extra innings the next two games or he’ll have destroyed his pen for the series.

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