The Atlanta Braves won the 2021 World Series in game six against the Houston Astros after 26 years of defeat on Tuesday, Nov. 2 away in Houston at Minute-Maid Stadium.
The Braves faced many obstacles and hardships this season, from devastating losses to multiple injuries. On July 13, they had a 0.3% chance of winning the World Series. In August, the team was third place in the NL East division and was under .500. Despite this, they persevered to become the 2021 World Series Champions.
During the regular season, the Braves’ record was fairly low compared to the Astros. Their record was 88-73-0, and the Astros’ ended the regular season with a record of 95-67-0. However, they did clinch the NL East title over the Phillies, locking them into the post-season.
Once post-season came around, the Braves looked as though they were a brand new team. They won the NL Division Series 3-1 over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 4 and were onto the the NL Championship Series.
Atlanta took on the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were included into the post-season as a wild card team, and came out on top, winning the series 4-2. They were headed to the World Series for the first time since 1999. The city of Atlanta was electric, and the Braves were off to Houston to start the 2021 World Series.
True to the Braves’ nature, the series had a rocky start. In the second inning of Game 1, Braves starting pitcher, Charlie Morton, was hit in the shin by a line drive off the bat of Dodger first baseman, Yuli Gurriel. The hit didn’t immediately raise concern, due to the fact that pitchers hit by line drives aren’t commonly seriously injured. Morton continued to pitch into the third inning and was eventually taken out due to immense pain. X-rays were taken at the park and showed a right fibula fracture. Morton would not be able to return for the rest of the World Series.
Despite all road bumps and obstacles, the Braves won the Game 1; however, the Astros tied the series in Game 2 prior to heading back to Truist Park.
After Thursday’s travel day back to Atlanta, the Braves and Astros played for the lead in Game 3 on Friday, and Atlanta came out on top, leading the series 2-1. Game 4 furthered Atlanta’s lead to 3-1. The Braves needed just one more win to be the 2021 World Series Champions.
The series stayed in Atlanta for Game 5. It was Atlanta’s chance to win on their home field in front of their home fans. The game started out phenomenally for the Braves, with a Grand Slam in the first inning by Adam Duvall. Atlanta led 4-0 starting the second inning. As the game continued, the Astros slowly but surely chipped away at the Braves’ lead. Eventually, Houston took the lead and won the game with a final score of 9-5. The series was off back to Houston for Game 6.
Nerves were high for fans on both sides. The Braves only needed one more win, but the Astros had forced a Game 7 before. With the Astros back on their home field, they had the home team advantage.
Game 6 started off with both teams tied at 0-0 until the third inning, when Atlanta took the lead as Jorge Soler crushed a homerun out of the ball park. Max Fried was the starting Braves pitcher and went six innings with only 4 hits and no walks. The Braves furthered their lead in the fifth inning and starting the sixth with a score of 6-0. They held off the Astros and reliever, Tyler Matzek, came in for Fried in the seventh inning with only 1 hit in two innings. Closer, Will Smith, came in for the final inning and closed the game with only one hit. The final out was from Dansby Swanson, an Atlanta native, to Freddie Freeman, a true Brave who has been with the Braves all 11 years of his career.
The World Series MVP Award was awarded to Jorge Soler for excellent impact on his team’s performance in the World Series.
For the first time since 1995, the Braves were World Series Champions. They were celebrated Friday, Nov. 5 with a parade in Atlanta and the ceremony for the trophy presentation.
We are proud of our hometown team for bringing home the first World Series title since 1995 and believe they will continue to make us proud.