2021 World Series: Game 6 Recap

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The Houston Astros extended the 2021 World Series with a win in Game 5, but the Atlanta Braves made sure that wouldn’t happen two games in a row.

By Zach Smith

Luis Garcia, who just pitched in Game 3 last Friday night, was on the bump in the 1st inning for the Astros. He chucked a 1-2-3 inning that woke up the crowd at Minute Maid Park.

Things got heated in the bottom of the 1st. Michael Brantley hit a dribbler to first, and he “inadvertently” stepped on Max Fried’s ankle on the way to the bag. Fried was able to finish the inning.

Both Garcia and Fried proceeded to have a 1-2-3 2nd inning, and it remained a 0-0 game heading into the 3rd, but not for much longer.

Jorge Soler hit a 446 foot missile all the way to Crawford Street in left field. His thunderous strike had an exit velocity of 109.6 mph and gave Atlanta a 3-0 lead.

The Braves tacked on three more in the 5th inning. Dansby Swanson hit a two-run shot to left, and then Freddie Freeman drove in Jorge Soler to make it a 6-0 game.

Max Fried, who had six earned runs in his Game 2 start, was sensational for the Braves. It took him just 74 pitches to deliver six strikes outs through six shutout innings.

Atlanta got one more in the top of the 7th. Freddie Freeman launched a 416 foot solo home run to center field to extend the Brave lead to 7-0.

The Astros just couldn’t get their bats going. Tyler Matzek came in to relieve Fried, and he shut down Houston’s hitters in the 7th and 8th inning.

Will Smith came in to close for Atlanta, and he got Yuil Gurriel to groundout to end the game. After a dominating Game 6, the Atlanta Braves were officially crowned the 2021 World Series champions.

Jorge Soler was named the World Series MVP after an incredible stretch. He had a .300 batting average in the series and hit two critically important home runs in Game 1 and Game 6.

What an incredible ride for the Braves. The 2021 World Series Champions started the year with a 51-52 record, and four trade deadline moves completely changed the course of the franchise.