Luis Garcia sat the Braves down 1-2-3 in the top half of the first. He got some help from right-fielder Kyle Tucker who made a nice diving snag on a sinking line drive by Atlanta’s leadoff man Eddie Rosario. Garcia struck out the next two batters — Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman — to close out the frame.
Atlanta starter Max Fried faced some trouble in the bottom of the inning. Leadoff man Jorge Altuve reached on an infield hit. Then Michael Brantley got on with a soft hit ground ball to first that nearly ended in injury for Fried. While covering first base, Fried missed the bag and Brantley was called safe. The replay showed that Brantley also missed the base and stepped on Fried’s ankle.
After a quick check on Fried’s ankle, he went back to work with two on and nobody out. Fried got Carlos Correa to strike out for the first out of the inning. Yordan Alvarez, who has struggled in the World Series, batting just .063 coming into tonight, grounded out. Fried then got Yuli Gurriel, the reigning AL batting champ, to strike out and get out of the jam.
We’re scoreless in the 2nd inning.