Atlanta Braves claimed the franchise’s first World Series championship in 26 years on Tuesday. The Braves defeated the Houston Astros 7-0 in a game filled with remarkable plays by the Atlanta team.
After two scoreless innings, the game erupted in the third inning when Atlanta outfielder Jorge Soler hit a monster home ball with two guys on base to make it 3-0. The score stayed at 5-0 until Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson made a home run.
First baseman Freddie Freeman drove in a run in the fifth inning, extending the Braves’ lead to 6-0. The score did not change until the seventh inning when Freeman secured a home run.
The game finished 7-0 in favor of the Braves, who scored six of their seven runs on home runs.
Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Braves led the Series 3-2 following Sunday’s home loss. The Astros won Game 5 9-5. The victory in Game 6 secures the Braves their fourth World Series championship and their first since 1995. They last made a World Series appearance in 1999.
The Braves led during the first half of Game 5 after starting the match with a Grand Slam. However, the Astros took the lead in the fifth inning, scoring three runs to make the score 7-4. The franchise prevailed with an additional run in each of the seventh and eighth innings.
The Astros last competed in a World Series in 2019, where the Washington Nationals defeated them. Their most recent triumph came against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. However, the victory has been marred by controversy after it was revealed that the victory was assisted by a sign-stealing, garbage can-banging scandal that season.
A late-2019 to early-2020 inquiry revealed that then-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch, both of whom have since been dismissed, were culpable. The team was assessed the maximum penalty of $5 million.
According to ESPN, the Braves became the fourth team to progress to the World Series with a losing record at the All-Star break. The team last accomplished this feat in 1991.