Austin Riley was the hero of Game 1 in the National League Championship Series. Riley faced the Los Angeles Dodgers ..
With the game tied at the bottom of ninth, and Ozzie Albies at second base on Saturday, Riley singled to the left field corner to score the racing Albies. Atlanta took a 3-2 lead and the RBI was able to give it a 2-0 win.
Atlanta Braves’ Austin Riley is congratulated after hitting a home run in the fourth inning in Game 1 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Atlanta.
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Riley finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI. In the fourth inning, he was responsible for the game-tying run by Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin. The game was tied at 2-2 by Riley’s homerun.
Atlanta drew first blood in the first inning. Eddie Rosario scored after Corey Knebel, Los Angeles’ starter, pitched a wild pitch.
The Dodgers tied the game when Chris Taylor scored A.J. Pollock scored A.J. Los Angeles would take a lead of 2-1 in the fourth with Will Smith hitting a single homer.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) is tagged out by Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson after being caught in a run down on base hit by Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the ninth inning in Game 1 of baseball’s National League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Atlanta.
It was the Braves’ game to win.
After a bad run in baserunning, the Dodgers were unable to score the first inning. Albies scored by scoring Blake Treinen’s winning hit. To score Riley, he would steal second base.
Austin Riley #27 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off RBI single off Blake Treinen #49 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of Game One of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 16, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Atlanta takes the 1-0 lead in the National League Championship Series with Game 2 set for Sunday. Max Scherzer will be the Dodgers’ starter, while Ian Anderson will take over for the Braves. Atlanta also won the first two games of the 2020 NLCS before ultimately losing to the Dodgers in seven games.