Braves Take The Lead

Braves Take The Lead

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7 min agoAstros make pitching changeFrom CNN’s Steve Almasy

Houston Astros starter Luis Garcia had a heavy workload through the first three innings, throwing 70 pitches.

He started the bottom of the fourth smartly, getting the first two batters on two pitches, but manager Dusty Baker felt it was time to pull Garcia and bring in left-handed reliever Blake Taylor to face the left-handed hitter Eddie Rosario.

Garcia left having pitched 3.2 innings, with the Astros trailing 1-0. He struck out six hitters, becoming the first rookie pitcher to have multiple strikeouts in the first three innings of a World Series game

9 min agoBraves pitcher is in command-ersonFrom CNN’s Karl de Vries

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson throws during the first inning. (Ashley Landis/AP)In what is arguably the most important start for any pitcher in this World Series, Braves’ hurler Ian Anderson is answering the call so far in Game 3, allowing no hits over four scoreless innings.

Here’s how important Anderson is: The Braves are without staff ace Charlie Morton for the rest of the series and are looking at at least one bullpen game this weekend in his absence.

That means every inning the Braves can get tonight without using another arm is super important. And Anderson, four innings deep on 67 pitches, is giving them exactly what they need.

It’s 1-0 Braves midway through the 4th inning.

27 min agoBraves take the lead on Austin Riley double down the lineFrom CNN’s Steve Almasy

Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the third inning. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A leadoff walk came back to haunt Houston Astros starter Luis Garcia in the bottom of the third as the Braves took the lead.

Eddie Rosario led off with a six-pitch walk then Freddie Freeman singled sharply to left. After Ozzie Albies struck out swinging, cleanup hitter Austin Riley smoked a 0-1 cutter down the left-field line to score Rosario and send Freeman to third. With two on, Jorge Soler walked to load the bases.

But Garcia battled back and got Adam Duvall to pop up to Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel in foul territory and struck out Travis d’Arnaud to end the threat.

The Braves lead 1-0 after three innings but have left six runners on base.

44 min agoScoreless start for both hurlers in Game 3From CNN’s Karl de Vries

Astros pitcher Luis Garcia delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning in Game 3 of the World Series at Truist Park on October 29 in Atlanta. (Michael Zarrilli/Getty Images)It’s a scoreless start to Game 3 as Braves starter Ian Anderson worked around two walks in the top half of the first to keep the Astros off the board.

Astros RHP Luis Garcia returned the favor in the bottom half of the inning, blowing away Austin Riley with a 96 mph fastball to end the frame.

Something to watch: Both pitchers approached 20 pitches in the inning, a sizable workload, especially for Anderson, whom the Braves would like to see give them some length tonight ahead of what is likely to be a heavy bullpen assignment later in the series following the injury to Braves starter Charlie Morton in Game 1.

No score here in the 2nd.

1 hr 46 min agoBraves fans mock Astros over 2017 cheating scandalFrom CNN’s Karl de Vries

Braves fans didn’t waste any time Friday night recalling the 2017 scandal in which the Astros successfully stole signs en route to a World Series championship, chanting “Cheater! Cheater!” during leadoff man Jose Altuve’s at-bat.

An MLB investigation in late 2019 found that at the start of the 2017 season, employees in the Astros video replay review room started using the live game feed from the center field camera to decode and transmit opposing teams’ sign sequences to use when an Astros runner was on second base.

When the sign sequence was decoded, a player in the video replay room would act as a “runner” to pass alon

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