|Atlanta’s Jorge Soler (left) celebrates after hitting a home run in the bottom of the 7th inning in Game 4 of the World Series against Houston on the 31st (Korean time). © AFP=News1|
The Major League Baseball (MLB) Atlanta Braves took a thrilling comeback victory with a back-to-back home run, leaving only one win left to win the World Series (best of 7) in 26 years.
Atlanta defeated the Houston Astros 3-2 in Game 4 of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on the 31st (Korean time).
Atlanta, who was lead 0-2 until the beginning of the 6th, recovered a point in the bottom of the 6th and turned the game around with back-to-back home runs from Danceby Swanson and Jorge Soler in the bottom of the 7th.
With this, Atlanta leads the series with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss, and with one more win, they will lift the World Series title for the first time in 26 years since 1995. Atlanta won the World Series three times in 1914, 1957 and 1995. On the other hand, Houston, which had dreamed of reclaiming the summit for the first time in four years since 2017, has been pushed to the brink.
Game 5 of the World Series between Atlanta, who is aiming to shoot a congratulatory gun, and Houston, who is aiming for a miraculous comeback drama, will be held at the same location on November 1st at 9:15 am.
The team that took the lead at the beginning of the day was Houston. The Houston batting line, tied with two hits the day before, including no-hits in 7 innings, shook the Atlanta mound from the first attack. Atlanta opener Dylan Lee, who only appeared in two major league games, was substituted after ⅓ innings of pressure.
Houston won the first run with an infield ground ball from Carlos Correa, but failed to make it into a big inning. Kyle Tucker withdrew with a wasted swing strikeout on Kyle Wright’s 96 mph (about 154.5 km) fastball from 2-2, 2nd and 3rd base that continued.
Houston scored an additional goal in the fourth inning while pitcher Jack Greinke tied the Atlanta line with a scoreless throw in four innings of 219 wins in MLB history. Jose Altuve hit a solo home run over Wright against Wright. With Altuve’s 23 postseason home runs, he narrowed the lead Manny Ramirez (29) to six by six.
The frustrating Atlanta lineup counterattacked from the end of the sixth inning. Austin Riley’s just-time hit at 2nd and 1st and 2nd base made up for a run, making it 1-2. After that, Travis Dano struck out with two bases, but a surprising turnaround took place in the next attack.
|Javier, who was averaging 0.00 in the postseason this year, allowed two home runs in Game 4 of the World Series on the 31st (Korean time). © AFP=News1|
Houston put in this year’s postseason ‘Mr. Zero’ Christian Javier at the end of the 7th to keep the lead by one point. However, Javier, who boasted an iron wall, did not live up to the expectations of director Dusty Baker.
Swanson hit an equalizing home run in the bottom of the 7th, not missing Javier’s 95.1 mile (about 153 km) fastball, which flew into the middle of the first company. Then, Soler, who was standing at the plate, hit Javier’s 80.6 mile (about 129.7 km) slider, which was put high, and the batted ball went over the left fence of the outfield. Houston left fielder Jordan Alvarez attempted a catch but was unsuccessful.
Atlanta sent a winning team to block the Houston batting line. Luke Jackson was hit hard by Altuve in the 8th inning, but left fielder Eddie Rosario saved the team with a blitz. In the beginning of the ninth, close pitcher Will Smith came on the pitch and caught three outs to protect the team’s victory.