Swanson, Soroka Lead Braves To 2-1 NLDS Lead


One starter was a first-round pick in 2000, the other a 2015 first-rounder so yes, that makes Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (aged 38) nearly old enough to be his Braves Game 3 counterpart Soroka's (22) father.

Then Wainwright had a laugh at the suggestion that he's old enough to be Soroka's old man. The previous time they had the upper hand in a postseason matchup was in 2002 when they took Game 2 and 3 against the San Francisco Giants. In the past two games, Snitker has been proven correct in his moves, whether he knew what he was doing or not.

He also exchanged words with Acuña during an at-bat that inning and almost hit Acuña with Ball 4. Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson were the only guys able to find any success off Wainwright.

First pitch on Monday is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. and the game will be televised on TBS with Brian Anderson, Ron Darling and Lauren Shehadi on the call.

The club still has work to do if they are to establish their first three-game win streak in 41 postseason outings.

Hearing the chant by the fans, a part of the Braves' tradition since it was borrowed from Florida State in the early 1990s, was a shock for Helsley. Josh Donaldson opened the ninth with a roaring doubled to left field. Billy Hamilton would come in to pinch-hit.

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With two outs and runners at first and third, Swanson tied the game 1-1 with a deep drive off the left-field wall.

The game came to an end in the Bottom of the 9th, after Mark Melancon got Yadier Molina to line out to Ronald Acuña Jr.

Until the Braves erupted in the ninth, it was a pitching duel in St. Louis. Martinez's wipeout slider is critical easier in opposition to honest correct-handed hitters. Atlanta, which evened the series after Mike Foltynewicz silenced the Cards' bats, will look for an encore performance from Mike Soroka.

Of course, there will be the added drama of this being a rematch between a long debated call between the Braves and Cardinals in 2012, when Andrelton Simmons skied a popup that wasn't caught by any St. Louis players and would've resulted in a bases loaded situation in the eighth inning trailing by three runs had it not been called an infield fly.

"What he did this year to go to the minor leagues and regain his stroke, he's come up enormous for us", McCann said of Duvall, who hasn't started either game that he's had such a big impact on.

Helsley, who spent much of the season shuffling between St. Louis and Triple-A Memphis, was not with the Cardinals when they made their only regular-season visit to Atlanta on May 14-16.