The Atlanta Braves fell short of a close-out victory on Sunday evening, losing to the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the 2021 World Series. As such, the best-of-seven matchup will shift back to Houston, but not before a lot of discussion about what transpired.
Following the final out on Sunday, TC’s Brad Rowland and Scott Coleman recorded Episode 326 of the Talking Chop Podcast, with the following topics on the agenda:
- The evening began in outstanding fashion for the Braves, from Tucker Davidson’s scoreless opening frame to a grand slam from Adam Duvall
- Everything else went poorly for Atlanta
- Houston responded in kind with four unanswered runs before Freddie Freeman went long to give the Braves their final lead of the night
- Atlanta’s handling of Tucker Davidson left something to be desired
- AJ Minter was dominant against the first batter he faced, but he wasn’t his best self in the following inning, headlined by an ugly walk to Houston’s worst hitter
- The Braves went to Drew Smyly in the seventh inning, and that move was not well-regarded
- Looking ahead to Game 6, with Max Fried scheduled to take the ball for the Braves
- Much, much more
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