ARLINGTON, Texas — The Baby Braves were the Battered Braves in their first loss of these playoffs.
Now the young pitchers who had been so poised and effective in the post-season will have to try to get Atlanta back on track.
Rookie starter Kyle Wright and the Braves gave up a post-season-record 11 runs in the first inning of a 15-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series on Wednesday night.
The 15 runs allowed in the first three innings were more than the Braves permitted in their first seven post-season games combined. And those 13 previous runs included seven scored by Los Angeles in the final three innings of Atlanta’s 8-7 win in Game 2.
The Braves will have to remind themselves they still lead the series 2-1, with Game 4 on Thursday night in the first NLCS with no days off since 1978, and the first ever at a neutral site, the home of the Texas Rangers.
Wright gave up seven runs while getting just two outs after Atlanta starters allowed only five runs over 38 2/3 innings in the first seven playoff games.
The 25-year-old right-hander had one of the five scoreless starts for the Braves, who fell one win short of Kansas City’s record eight straight victories to start the 2014 post-season.
Left-hander Grant Dayton replaced Wright and yielded eight runs in two innings, making them the second pair of teammates in post-season history to allow at least seven runs in the same game. Bartolo Colon (seven runs) and Steve Reed (eight) did it with Cleveland in a 23-7 loss to Boston in Game 4 of the 1999 ALDS.
Before this meltdown, Wright and 22-year-old Ian Anderson had given the Braves a pair of impressive rookie pitchers to go with young offensive stars Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies.
Wright pitched six scoreless innings in his post-season debut, a 7-0 win over Miami to clinch the NLDS, while Anderson hasn’t allowed a run in 15 2/3 innings covering the first three playoff starts of his career.
Add lefty Max Fried to the mix, and Atlanta was just the second team to throw shutouts in four of its first five games in a post-season. The other was the 1905 New York Giants.
Now it’s up to another 22-year-old making his post-season debut, Bryse Wilson, to try to get the Dodgers’ dangerous offence back under control. The right-hander most likely will face the LA’s career leader in postseason victories, Clayton Kershaw, pitching down the road from his Dallas home.
Kershaw was scratched from Game 2 because of back spasms, but manager Dave Roberts said the lefty was on track for Game 4 if his condition continued to improve as it had over the past few days.
“We had the mindset of we’ve just got to stay on the gas pedal,” Wilson said before Game 3. “They can come alive anytime. They’re a great team, great lineup.”
The Dodgers showed it in Game 3 by becoming the first team to score 15 runs and hit five homers in the first three innings of a playoff game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
LA’s 11-run first made Acuña, Albies, MVP contender Freddie Freeman and the rest of the Atlanta offence irrelevant from the start. In fact, Acuña and Freeman were on the bench by the fifth inning with the game out of hand.
The first inning was so bad, Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud found himself pleading for a hit batter instead of a wild pitch that scored a run. They got their wish, with the replay showing the ball glancing off Justin Turner‘s back foot.
Mookie Betts had to go back to third instead of scoring, but that just loaded the bases for Max Muncy‘s grand slam into the right-field seats to cap the 11-run first.
Braves fans in the pandemic-reduced crowd of 10,664 at the new 40,518-seat retractable-roof stadium cheered sarcastically when Cristian Pache connected for a solo homer just inside the foul pole in left field leading off the third.
But it was a significant moment for Atlanta with another young potential star. The 21-year-old Pache became the seventh player in major league history to hit his first career homer in the post-season, and just the third non-pitcher. The most recent one, pitcher or otherwise, was by right-hander Joe Blanton for Philadelphia in the 2008 World Series.
'That's the kind of teammate I want' – Orr endorses Trump – TSN
Bobby Orr has endorsed Donald Trump just days ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election in the United States.
The Hockey Hall of Famer and Boston Bruins icon took out a full-page ad in Friday’s New Hampshire Union Leader, asking readers to join him and his wife, Peggy, to support Trump for re-election.
“Everyone has an opinion as our upcoming Presidential election approaches, and I am no different,” Orr wrote. “When I look art America during these turbulent times, I keep trying to separate style from substance, fact from fiction.
“This much I know. Our current president has had to operate under extremely difficult conditions over the past several years. In addition, no leader anywhere signed up with the idea that dealing with a worldwide pandemic would be part of their mandate. The attacks on our President have been unrelenting since the day he took office. Despite that, President Trump has delivered for all the American people, regardless of race, gender, or station in life.
“That’s the kind of teammate I want.
“Perhaps you do not like his tweets or how the President says things sometimes, and that is your right. But remember this is not a personality contest; it’s about policies and the people those policies assist.
“I have never done anything like this before, but I am greatly concerned for the country in which I have raised my family – a country I have grown to love deeply. I want my grandchildren to know the America I know, a place of patriotism and opportunity.
“Some of you may still be undecided at this point. Your vote for President Trump would help keep America moving forward in the years ahead.
“So please, join Peggy and me in supporting President Donald J. Trump for re-election in this important election.”
Orr’s statement in the paper includes of photo of him posing with Trump. The 72-year-old from Parry Sound, Ont., is the latest sports legend to endorse Trump this week, joining golf legend Jack Nicklaus and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre.
Orr, 72, played in 12 NHL seasons with the Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, winning two Stanley Cups, eight Norris Trophies and three Hart Trophies. He has worked over the past three decades as a player agent, with clients that include Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid.
Mitchell Miller no longer part of University of North Dakota hockey team – Sportsnet.ca
“I have been closely monitoring the situation concerning men’s hockey student-athlete Mitchell Miller, who was involved in a situation as a youth in 2016. We expect our students to live by our values in the classroom, in the community and when representing the university on the field of play,” said UND president Andrew Armacost in a statement.
Armacost said Miller, who is a freshman at UND, can remain a student and it “will continue to support his future intellectual and interpersonal growth.”
The decision is part of the continuing fallout after it was revealed earlier this week that Miller — who was selected in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Coyotes — was charged with assault and violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act in February of 2016 after he and another student admitted to bullying Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a classmate who is Black and has a learning disability.
News of Mitchell’s conviction was first brought to the surface by the Arizona Republic.
Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, who is now 18, told the Republic that Miller had taunted him for years growing up and called him names like “brownie” and used the “N-word” while repeatedly hitting him. He said it “hurt my heart” when he saw the news that Miller had been drafted by the Coyotes.
MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, October 28, 2020 6:51PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 28, 2020 8:21PM EDT
ARLINGTON, Texas – Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behaviour that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others.
The commissioner’s office said Wednesday it is starting a full investigation of the 35-year-old third baseman.
The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 with a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field.
Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He was quarantined in a doctor’s office off to the side, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.
Turner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers’ title. He then took down his mask and posed for a team photo on the field.
“Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday. “Turner was placed into isolation for the safety of those around him. However, following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others.
“While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”
Turner became a free agent when his $64 million, four-year contract expired following the victory.
Turner’s agent, Greg Genske, did not immediately respond to a text from The Associated Press seeking comment.
“Last night, nasal swabs were conducted on the Dodgers’ travelling party,” MLB said. “Both the Rays and Dodgers were tested again today and their travel back to their home cities will be determined after being approved by the appropriate authorities.”
Both teams were travelling home from the Dallas area on Wednesday in co-ordination with their local health authorities, a person familiar with the arrangements said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.
No additional players received positive results from rapid PCR tests early Wednesday, the person said, but the wife of one Rays player tested positive, the person said. The wife and the player did not travel with the team and were to travel on their own, the person said.
A private plane was being arranged for Turner’s travel, the person said.
The commissioner’s office said it will consult with the players’ association as part of its investigation. The union was in the process of gathering facts on the events.
Turner hit .307 with four homers and 23 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened season and .293 (17 for 58) with three homers and six RBIs in the post-season, including .320 with a pair of solo homers in the World Series.
“Having a mask on and staying socially distanced, he wanted to come out and take a picture with the trophy, which can’t state strongly enough how big of a role he’s played in the success of this organization,” Friedman said.
“But I think for him, just being a free agent, not knowing exactly how the future is going to play out, I don’t think there was anyone that was going to stop him from going out,” he said. “I think from at least my perspective and not watching it super closely with everything going on, but I think he was mindful of other people, especially other people that he hadn’t already been in contact with. This is something that we’re going to wrap our arms around tonight and in the morning and figure out where we’re going from here.”
Turner, however, was visible on the field without a mask during the celebration. And Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was nearby, also not wearing a mask.
“I haven’t seen the pictures,” Friedman said. “If there are people around them without masks, that’s not good optics at all. I haven’t seen them, so it’s hard for me to speak to it specifically.”
“But I think from our standpoint, I think the people who were around him were people that would be in the contact tracing web, anyway, with just how closely a lot of us have been around each other,” he said. “And so now I think the subsequent tests we’re going to take are really important to figure out what we do and to make sure that any of us that are potentially positive do not spread it to other people.”
Turner has served as a player representative on the union executive board and spoke about the protocols on Sept. 29, a day ahead of the Dodgers’ post-season opener.
“Obviously there’s a lot of protocols and things that we’re allowed to do and not allowed to do in getting tested every day, and I would say it’s been a pretty successful season getting to this point and getting to the playoffs,” he said then.
“I was probably in that category where I was optimistic that we were going to have a season, but there was definitely some doubt whether or not it was going to happen. So to be sitting here today watching playoff baseball as the American League kind of kicks off their wild-card round, I would say that we did a good job and I commend everyone for taking it serious and being responsible and making good choices and allowing us to get to this point.”
He addressed the success of reaching the World Series despite the pandemic on Oct. 19, a day before Game 1.
“I think it’s ultimately a testament to the players for being responsible and making good choices and doing everything that we had to do to ensure that the season was able to go on,” he said. “So I tip my cap to every player who put the uniform on and took that risk of playing and was responsible about it and did it the right way and enabled us to have a full season and now be able to participate in a World Series.”
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