The Braves Claim Victory!

After two decades, the Atlanta Braves win the World Series


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Atlanta Braves coach Brian Snitker holds the up the trophy after winning the world series in game six against the Houston Astros

Natalia Garcia, Staff Writer

   In 1995, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Guardians and won the World Series. Twenty-six years later the Braves came back stronger than ever. During the divisional and championship series, they endured many injuries and managed to beat the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the World Series finale, the Braves defeated the Houston Astros 7 – 0 in game six of the series.  

   The Astros made some good plays, but their batting performance did not make the cut. Braves’ pitcher Max Fried pitched for six innings and had zero walks, six strikeouts and only allowed four hits. 

   At the top of the first inning, Astros’ outfielder Kyle Tucker dove to make the catch for an out in right field. Then at the bottom of the inning, teammate Michael Brantley stepped onto Fried’s ankle running to first base. Luckily, Fried was okay and continued pitching. 

   Braves’ shortstop, Dansby Swanson swiftly threw the ball to first base to make the out in the bottom of the second inning. 

   His teammate Jorge Soler hit a three-run-homer for the Braves in the top of the third inning. Soler hit the ball, looked up, dropped his bat and celebrated hitting his chest enthusiastically. 

   Later in the top of the fifth inning, Swanson made a two-run-homer and the fans went wild. The Braves scored one more run off of Freddie Freeman’s RBI double onto right field in the same inning. 

   At the bottom of the sixth, Brantley hit the ball between first and second, Swanson dove for the ball but Brantley beat Swanson’s throw. 

   Astros’ third baseman Alex Bregman dove for a line-drive to make the out in the top of the seventh. In the same inning, Freeman batted again and hit a solo homer for the Braves. 

   His teammate, outfielder Joc Pederson slid in to make the catch for an out in the bottom of the seventh. 

   Astros’ outfielders Kyle Tucker and Jose Siri almost collided in right-center field but Tucker managed to make the catch for an out in the top of the eighth. 

    In the final inning, the final out was made at first base and Freeman screamed and ran to his teammates while celebrating the victory. They jumped up and down in excitement all occurring in the middle of the field. They threw their gear in the air and manager Brian Snitker raised his arms and broke into a huge smile. 

Jorge Soler is the second Cuban-born player to receive the MVP award (Annie Mulligan-The New York Times)

   “I’m lost for words. This is it. This is everything you work for. We’re in November right now and we’ve been doing this since February and we’ve had so many ups and downs this year and for us to be world champions. That is awesome to hear,” said Freeman. 

    Jorge Soler received the MVP award. He is the second Cuban player to receive this award, the first was Liván Hernández in 1997. 

Soler had the Cuban flag draped over his shoulders and shyly lifted the heavy trophy over his head while his teammates cheered him on. 

   “Honestly, I’m very excited. I thank God for the opportunity to be on this team and I’m extremely excited to be the second Cuban-born player to win this award,” Soler said in Spanish.