MLB: The Braves shut out the Brewers to move one game closer to the next round
Atlanta, Georgia - The Atlanta Braves won their first home game of the 2021 MLB postseason on Monday afternoon, holding off the Milwaukee Brewers and inching closer to advancing on to the next round.
The Braves shut out the Brewers 3-0 for the second-straight game in their best-of-five NLDS.
With the win, Atlanta moves one game closer to advancing to the National League Championship Series, which starts on Saturday.
After a strong showing on the road, the Braves seemed to have all the momentum heading back down south for what could be the final two games of the series.
For at least one game, it’s going to be the Brewers – who had the better regular-season record and home-field advantage in this round – with their backs against the wall, one game away from elimination.
Thursday will be make or break for Milwaukee.
It’s "Joc-tober" in Atlanta
Joc Pederson (29) who just won a championship last year with the LA Dodgers, has been a valuable asset on offense for the Braves this postseason – and he proved his worth again on Monday.
He came up with a pinch-hit three-run home run midway through the game, which ended up being the only score the Braves needed to win the game. It was also Peterson’s only hit of the game.
As a team, the Braves did manage to put up eight hits, but this was the kind of game where runs and even hits were at a premium.
The Brewers could only muster five hits, but that might’ve been because of Atlanta’s Ian Anderson. He pitched through five innings of shutout baseball, striking out six batters for his first win on the mound.
The Braves bullpen took care of the rest of the game, leading to pitcher Will Smith closing the game out for his second save of the postseason.
The Braves can send the Brewers back home to Milwaukee with a win in game four on Tuesday, back in Atlanta.
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