Cardinals score 4 in 9th, hold off Braves 7-6 in NLDS opener
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong each hit two-run doubles in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame shaky defense and a wild finish to extend Atlanta’s postseason misery, holding off the Braves 7-6 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night. The Cardinals, back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, fell behind 3-1 _ hurt by their normally reliable defense. But Paul Goldschmidt homered in the eighth, sparking a two-run outburst that tied it 3. In the ninth, the Cardinals blew it open against Braves closer Mark Melancon.Dexter Fowler and Tommy Edman singled before Goldschmidt walked on four pitches to load the bases with one out.
Ronald Acuna Jr. and Jose Urena exchange words after a hit by a pitch , causing both benches to clear in Atlanta before Urena is ejected About Major League
Ronald Acuna Jr forced to exit the game after being intentionally hit by pitch on the firstpitch of the game by Jose Urena. Acuna had homered on the first
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was left angry after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty.
Acuna was hitting with a man on and two out in the bottom of the fifth with his team trailing 13-1. On a 1-2 pitch, he was drilled in the arm by Flaherty. In response, Acuna angrily talked and gestured at Flaherty and the Cardinals as he went to first.
Flaherty tugs on his ear after Acuna Jr. gave him a talking gesture with his hand following a HBP.
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The Braves were up 3-1 in the eighth and then everything went wrong.Atlanta led the game 3-1 in the eighth, but a string of actions from earlier in the game and an unfortunate injury leading up to the start of that fateful inning forced this contest out of control.
Acuna drilled by pitch , later exits; benches clear. When Acuna was hit by the pitch , he walked up the third-base line and took a few unintentional steps toward Mattingly certainly did not want to have to go to his bullpen just one pitch into the game , and he said he understood the Braves' reaction and
Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., riding a five - game home run streak, is hit by a pitch by Miami Marlins Jose Urena, causing the benches to
Both benches were warned by home plate umpire Tom Hallion as a result.
There’s a lot of backstory here. The Cardinalsafter a Game 1 bat flip, and the Braves outfielder has been in a bit of a for the remainder of the series.
Was it intentional? The fact that it was in a 1-2 count would make it odd timing, but the Cardinals were up by 12, it was a fastball directly at the arm, and Flaherty hadn’t shown any signs of wildness. It’s suspicious at best, and the umpire agreed enough to issue warnings.
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