The Atlanta Braves went into Houston and kept their dream season on track with a 6-2 win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Game 1 of the World Series.
It was much the same story as it's been for the Braves throughout the second half and this Postseason in that it was really a win by committee. Jorge Soler quieted the crowd right from the jump when he became the first player in Major League history to hit a home run in the first at-bat of a World Series. Austin Riley added an RBI double in the first inning. Adam Duvall launched a two-run homer. The offense came from up and down the lineup.
The bullpen was about as good as it's been throughout the Postseason, allowing two runs in 6.2 innings. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for Atlanta, though, because the reason it needed such an extensive outing from the 'pen in the first place was that Charlie Morton suffered a broken leg on a comebacker, which will cause him to miss the rest of the World Series.
Morton did go back out onto the mound with what turned out to be a fractured fibula, however, and proceeded to get three more outs on one leg. Chuck Morton is a badass and his contributions to this team throughout the season will not be forgotten.
While losing a guy like Morton is certainly terrible news, he was hopefully only going to make one more start, anyway. And that bad news is at least cushioned a little bit when it comes in a World Series win.
The Braves have guaranteed a split in Houston before three games in Atlanta, but we need to get greedy. Max Fried takes the ball in Game 2 with a chance to put Atlanta in as good of a position as any team could possibly hope to be in. There's nobody else I'd rather have on the mound.
This feels good, but more importantly, it feels like what was supposed to happen. That's one.
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