Following their 3-0 victory over the Brewers on Monday, Braves headlines were understandably centered around the heroics of Joc Pederson. With pitching being so dominant for each team thus far in the series, a three-run blast to break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning became the defining moment. Beyond just Pederson, Atlanta got an outstanding start from Ian Anderson, clutch defense from Dansby Swanson, and impressive work from the entire bullpen. With their victory in Game 3, the Braves are well-positioned for a return to the NLCS.
The offense was quiet for both teams yet again, but Joc Pederson made sure the Braves weren’t silent. Now Atlanta can focus on wrapping up the series with another victory at home on Tuesday.
The celebrity of Joc Pederson continues to grow with every at-bat. But apparently Joc was prone to theft in Chicago, because an Anthony Rizzo bat made its way to the plate on Monday in what became the biggest play of the game.
Who will get the nod in Game 4? Snitker must feel relieved in making this decision while ahead in the series, but closing out the Brewers in Atlanta would be ideal. We will see who Snitker tabs in this one.
Five observations from Gabe Burns following Game 3.
Chipper has lost the feel for barehand plays it seems.
The ‘underdog’ takes the series as Boston ousts the Rays.
The Giants also grabbed a 2-1 lead in their series, setting up two potential series clinchers on Tuesday for the NL.