An evening when the Atlanta Braves organization honored the deceased Hank aaron, the third game of the 2021 World Series had statisticians invoking the names of Don Larsen and Roy Halladay. The starting pitcher of the Braves Ian anderson, a 23-year-old rookie, threw five straight frames and led his team to a 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros, giving the Braves a 2-1 series lead at Truist Field.
Anderson has been excellent throughout, allowing four strikeouts and three walks. He threw 76 shots, including 39 strikes. The non-hitting player was spoiled in the eighth inning by the Houston pinched hitter Aledmys diaz. The seven frames combined without a hitting was the longest such streak in a World Series game since the Boston Red Sox star Jim lonborg threw 7 2/3 innings of the ball without a hit in the 1967 series.
Anderson just becomes the second rookie to pitch five innings without a hitting in the World Series, the other has been Jeff Tesreau in 1912. And finally, he is tied for second in Braves history for the most hitting innings in a series game, behind only Bill James in 1914.
Don Larsen, of course, kicked off the only perfect match in World Series history in 1956. Roy Halladay threw a hit in a Divisional Series game against the Reds on October 6, 2010.
In the end, the final was 2-0 for the home side as the Astros only managed two hits for the game. This sets up a third pivotal game, especially for Houston, as there have been 96 World Series tied in a game like this. The winner of game three has won 66, or nearly 69% of the titles.
Luis Garcia started for the Astros and threw a respectable 3 2/3 innings giving one run on three hits. Austin riley at the end of the third to give the Braves the lead. The Astros, known for their strikes with a powerful formation, fought weakly against Anderson for the most part. They had two runners on base just once in the game. The Braves lost a few opportunities to strengthen their lead and led just 1-0 for most of the game.
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Some respite for the Braves came in the eighth inning as ex-Met Travis d’Arnaud hit a 437-foot bomb in the middle right away to take the lead to 2-0. Travis is now 5-12 in the series with two home runs as he makes an early bid for the MVP.
After Anderson left, the Braves used four pitchers to secure the win. They were: AJ Minter, Luke Jackson, Tyler matzek, and Will smith. For the record, the singles of the two Astros were dropped by Matzek and Smith. Alex bregman got the second hit for Houston.
Anderson now has a 1.26 ERA in his first eight playoff starts. Alone Orlando hernandez has an ERA less than 1.22.
It was the first home victory in a World Series game for Atlanta since Game 6 of the 1995 Fall Classic.
The fourth game is on Saturday night and it is set to be a reliever game perhaps for both teams. The game begins shortly after 8:00 p.m. and can be seen on Fox.