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A new drama has recently hit TV sets across America, and it features the Atlanta Braves. For the second consecutive night, Atlanta has bested the Dodgers via a ninth-inning walk off hit, giving the Braves a commanding, if unexpected, 2-0 series lead over star-studded L.A.
Though they faced a two-run deficit twice during the game, Atlanta was able to chop their way back for another dramatic win, thanks to their resilience.
“These guys never quit,” manager Brian Snitker said following the game.
Bottom of the 9th, two outs, tie ballgame…
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 18, 2021
The game was tied in the bottom of the ninth with one on and two out when Eddie Rosario’s base knock up the middle scored Dansby Swanson, sending the Dodgers back to L.A. in a 2-0 hole and Braves fans to the pub for stress-relieving spirits.
“You better not leave early when this team is down, because you’ll end up missing the best part of the game and listening to it on your radio when you’re driving home,” added Snitker.
Though back-to-back walk off wins are far from the norm, a 2-0 series lead isn’t uncharted territory. Atlanta led these same Dodgers 2-0 last fall, only to lose in seven games.
“We were up on them 2-0 last year, so it’s like one of those things where you can’t stop now,” said Austin Riley, the hero of Game 1. “You got to continue to apply the pressure and come out every day and get after it.”
“We all have that dream, that desire to get to the World Series,” he added. “That’s just what we’re going for.”
The dream continues with Game 3 Tuesday night in Los Angeles. If it’s anything like the first two games of the series, it’ll definitely be must-see TV.