Through eight innings in Game 3 of the Braves-Cardinals NLDS, the Braves were facing the very real possibility of being down 2-1 in the best-of-five series, despite having allowed only one run on three hits. Their only real scoring threat came in the eighth inning when a clearly tired Adam Wainwright issued two walks to load the bases. However, reliever Andrew Miller got Freddie Freeman to harmlessly fly out to center to end the threat.
Adam Duvall followed with the go-ahead knock: Was this loaded offense really going to go down and face elimination with such a whimper? Outside of the near-comeback in the ninth in Game 1, the meat of the Braves order had been lackluster throughout the NLDS. Perhaps the Game 3 heroics can jar something loose in front of a potential clincher in Game 4.
That’s huge because here are the playoff batting averages of some Atlanta mainstays through four games:
Remember, Duvall hit a big two-run homer in Game 2 to give the Braves’ creaky bullpen some breathing room. He’s now 3 for 4 with four RBI in the series.
- Freddie Freeman: .182
- Josh Donaldson: .167
- Nick Markakis: .154
- Ozzie Albies: .250
No, it would not, as two unlikely heroes rescued the Braves with two outs in the ninth. Josh Donaldson doubled off St. Louis closer Carlos Martinez to start the inning before two outs were recorded. With pinch runner Billy Hamilton on third base after a steal, Cardinals manager Mike Schildt elected to put Brian McCann on with an intentional walk. Former first overall pick Dansby Swanson, come on down.