Braves rally in 9th to stun Cardinals

Containing the Braves’ power and running at will Cardinals’ keys to winning the NLDS

"I could score. And maybe he has to pitch the next guy differently".

As he approached the batters' box with a sellout crowd of 46,701 raging on, Donaldson tapped into the playoff experience of his past.

"I saw it coming, even just getting ready in the dugout, just how the inning was playing out, that that could definitely be a possibility", Swanson said of the McCann walk.

"History, we don't really play into that". The veteran left-hander had a terrific season, compiling a 3.75 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP accompanied with an 8-8 record in 112.2 innings pitched. I feel good about Keuchel giving us at least four innings and keeping us in the game.

A yr in the past, the Braves had been shock champions of the NL East however by no means stood an opportunity in opposition to the Dodgers - scoring runs in exclusively three of the 36 innings in that sequence. That ERA was the lowest by any Major League Baseball rookie since Jose Fernandez had a 2.19 mark for the Marlins in 2013.

The Braves will look to end the series in Game 4 on Monday at 3:07 p.m. ET.

This time around, the Cardinals will pin their hopes on starting pitcher Dakota Hudson. Braves' starter Mike Soroka allowed one run and two hits over seven innings in a no-decision.

Flaherty was the NL pitcher of the month for both August and September. Wainwright for having the smarts and professionalism not only to extend his career, but to become a key performer.

- Mike Soroka, their 22-year-old phenom right-hander, threw seven overpowering innings. "You don't get to be an old player if you're not a good player".

The most impressive thing about Soroka's performance was the fact he was going pitch for pitch with Adam Wainwright.

"I'm just trying to be ready", he said. Left-handed reliever Andrew Miller had bailed him out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth and protected a 1-0 lead.

Though the Cardinals were one out away from taking a potentially commanding lead in the series, there has to be come concern about their offence. After slugging a pinch-hit home run in Atlanta's Game 2 victory, Duvall was a hero again when he smoked the game-winning two-run single in the ninth inning. St. Louis is 9-5 in its last 14 playoff home games. In the past two games, Snitker has been proven correct in his moves, whether he knew what he was doing or not.

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. The victory gives the Braves a two games to one advantage in the best of five series. St. Louis is struggling with men on base in this series, going 3 for 21 which equates to a.143 batting average.



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