Anderson shines, Braves shut out Reds again to sweep series

ATLANTA — It have been see you later because the Atlanta Braves gained a postseason collection, Marcell Ozuna sought after to verify he captured the instant.

Then Adam Duvall joined the selfie bandwagon.

Ian Anderson dazzled in any other shutout efficiency for Atlanta, and the Braves gained a playoff collection for the 1st time in nearly 20 years by means of sweeping the light-hitting Cincinnati Reds with a Five-Zero victory Thursday.

Ronald Acuña Jr. had 3 hits for the NL East champions, together with a run-scoring double within the 5th. After successful Wednesday’s collection opener 1-Zero in 13 innings, Atlanta broke open Recreation 2 on two-run homers by means of Ozuna and Duvall off Raisel Iglesias within the 8th.

Following his pressure to left-center, Ozuna paused on his jog down the first-base line to carry up his hand and fake he was once taking a selfie picture.

When Duvall added any other shot, Ozuna known as him to the tip of the dugout for any other selfie.

Duvall stated Ozuna “more or less put me within the highlight proper there. I used to be having amusing with it. That’s no longer in reality my uniqueness. I’m no longer, I assume, tremendous flashy or anything else however we have been having amusing with it.”

It was once unquestionably a amusing day for Ozuna and Co. No longer such a lot for Joey Votto and the Reds.

Anderson struck out 9 in six innings because the Braves snapped their record-tying string of losses in 10 consecutive postseason rounds since their remaining playoff collection win in 2001. Atlanta will face Miami or the Chicago Cubs within the NL Department Collection in Houston.

Supervisor Brian Snitker described the postgame party, reasonably restricted by means of the coronavirus pandemic, as “a managed chaos.”

“I informed them we’re simply checking a field off in what we wish to get completed,” Snitker stated.

Identical to in 2001, when Corridor of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz helped cleared the path, Atlanta’s pitching workforce delivered.

The 22-year-old Anderson allowed two hits and walked two in his playoff debut after six regular-season begins. Will Smith, Chris Martin and Mark Melancon every threw one easiest inning.

Anderson stated it was once particular to be a part of two consecutive shutouts within the collection. Max Fried began within the Recreation 1 win.

“All of the credit score to Max for going in the market the day gone by pitch for pitch with (Trevor) Bauer and atmosphere the tone for us,” Anderson stated.

Cincinnati wasted a cast efficiency by means of Luis Castillo, who struck out seven in Five 0.33 innings in his first postseason get started. Bauer struck out 12 in 7 2/three scoreless innings within the Reds’ Recreation 1 loss.

“No person feels worse than the blokes who put the whole lot that they had at the line, and it didn’t figure out,” Reds supervisor David Bell stated. “We’ve were given to be told from it and have the option to be higher from it.”

Atlanta jumped in entrance within the 5th. With two outs, Austin Riley took off from first base on a pitch Acuña coated into the space in left middle. Riley scored simply and Acuña stood on 2nd base, pumping each fists within the air in party.

Cincinnati left 13 runners on base Wednesday, and its scoring frustrations endured.

Anderson’s 2nd stroll of the second one, to Freddy Galvis, loaded the bases with two outs. Tucker Barnhart’s groundout to 2nd base ended the inning. It was once the Reds’ easiest scoring probability.

“It’s a tricky recreation to play whilst you’re making an attempt to not surrender any runs, whilst you know the offense is suffering,” Barnhart stated. “When you are feeling like you’ll be able to’t surrender any runs, it’s a in reality rattling difficult recreation to play.”


Reds: C Curt Casali, who typically begins with Castillo, was once held out because of a sore wrist earlier than coming into the sport within the 8th. Barnhart, who has cut up enjoying time with Casali, was once the beginning catcher.

Braves: After sitting out the general two regular-season video games with a sore quadriceps, Riley had no setback within the collection opener. That doesn’t imply Riley is absolutely recovered. “I believe he’s sore,” Snitker stated. “I don’t suppose that is one thing this is simply going to depart. … He’s simply going to have to control it.”


The Braves have been Zero-7 of their remaining seven possible clinching video games within the postseason, together with Zero-2 in remaining 12 months’s NL department collection towards St. Louis.

Duvall insisted the Braves had no further motivation to finish any in their postseason droughts.

“Truthfully I didn’t really feel any further force that we need to win this collection,” Duvall stated. “The concept is to win each and every collection … no longer such a lot that if we win the following spherical we’ll be additional than we’ve been since ’01 or no matter.”


Once the sport was once over, the grounds workforce started making ready the sphere as though there have been extra video games to be performed at Truist Park. Because it seems, there are.

Snitker stated the Braves would go back to the park on Friday for a simulated recreation and exercises. The workforce is in a postseason quarantine in its resort, so Snitker stated gamers wish to get out in their rooms.

“We’re going to let their minds leisure,” Snitker stated. “That’s the item.”


Reds: Will play the Cleveland Indians of their 2021 spring coaching opener on Feb. 27 in Goodyear, Ariz.

Braves: Will face Miami or the Chicago Cubs in Recreation 1 of the NL department collection in Houston on Tuesday.


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