Atlanta Braves win World Series for first time in 26 years
By WVUA 23 Digital Writer Drew Pavan
On Tuesday, the Atlanta Braves won their first Major league Baseball Championship in 26 years. Thanks to an early home run in the third inning by World Series MVP Jorge Soler who homered three times in the six-game series, as well as a big outing by starting pitcher Max Fried.
This 2021 Atlanta Braves team finished the regular season 88-73 with the worst record out of any team in the postseason bracket but persevered to win it all.
The Braves are the first team in 57 years to win the World Series after having a losing record at the all-star break (44-45).
In Game 6, Braves Manager Brian Snitker gave the nod to Max Fried and looked to bounce back from a rough start six days prior. Tuesday night he shut down the Astros offense through six scoreless innings after a scary moment in the first inning where Fried injured his ankle.
Soler helped push the offense to crank out four extra-base hits, three of which were home runs, but Jorge Solers towering home run over the left-field train tracks went 446 feet to give the Braves a three-run lead in the third.
Soler’s home run in the third inning on two outs against Astros starter Luis Garcia who had started on three days rest, and with that home run cemented Soler as the World Series MVP.
After a season of ups and downs, Atlanta persevered after not being considered a contender in July, battled through so much adversity with injuries, and after being under .500 at the halfway point of the season. Atlanta came into this World Series with 16 consecutive postseason appearances without a title, the longest streak of all time. Now they can finally say their World Champions.