MLB: Braves beat Astros 6-2 in Game 1 of World Series


A homer from the first batter of the game, inspired play on defense and a dominant pitcher despite a broken leg, the Atlanta Braves have set the tone for a World Series that promises to be very entertaining.

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The Atlanta troupe took the honors of the first game against the Houston Astros by the score of 6 to 2.

Employed as the first batter of the formation of the Braves, Jorge Soler silenced the crowd of Minute Maid Park with a homer at the expense of Framber Valdez to start hostilities from the start of the game.

Moments later, Austin Riley drove teammate Ozzie Albies home with a double to make it 2-0 Atlanta.

The Astros attempted to cue on their first turn at bat. Charlie Morton found himself with bases loaded and two outs with Kyle Tucker in front of him. Albies recovered a well-placed ground ball from Tucker, but he got to first base in time for the third out and prevent the Astros from scoring a run.

On his second at bat of the game, Soler drove in the Braves’ third run with a ground ball that allowed Travis d’Arnaud to cross the plate. Valdez was in hot water moments later with the bases loaded. This time, he ended the threat by mopping Riley out.

The Braves manhandled the Astros starter once again in the next inning. After a visit to the mound as Eddie Rosario had reached first base, Valdez fumbled an Adam Duvall-like pitch that sent him into the left stands. That two-run homer marked the end of Valdez for that game with five runs and eight hits on his record with just six outs recorded.

Morton was seen in the dugout during this turn at bat as if his workday was over as he had his coat over his shoulders. He returned to the mound, but after batting out Jose Altuve, he motioned for the trainer to replace him as he seemed annoyed with his right leg. He had been hit by a bullet earlier in the game and tests revealed a fracture.

His workday therefore ended after two and a third innings, one hit and two walks allowed. AJ Minter gave the Astros their first run in the fourth inning with a Chas McCormick groundout that sent Kyle Tucker home.

The Braves didn’t want to sit on their lead and forced the game when the opportunity presented itself. Dansby Swanson challenged Tucker’s arm on a sacrifice fly and his perfectly executed slide to the plate gave his team a sixth run in the eighth inning.

Atlanta even hosted the show in defense late in the game. After watching the Astros add a second run to the board late in the eighth inning, Tyler Matzek allowed Gurriel to hit a powerful slap to center field. The ball hit the top of the fence so he tried to get a double on the streak. Eddie Rosario’s stint was just perfect at Albies who pulled the Astros player for the third out.

In the case of the Braves, it is their first participation in the ultimate confrontation in more than two decades, that is to say since 1999.

The Astros, themselves, have become regulars of this meeting, while they are in their third participation in the World Series in the space of five years.

The World Series continues Wednesday with Game 2.

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