Bats Ignite At Last, Vaulting Atlanta Past Milwaukee And Into N.L.C.S.

Morton lasted three and a third innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He struck out five. Lauer did not stick around much longer; he pitched three and two-thirds innings, surrendering four hits and allowing two runs.

Atlanta used seven pitchers on Tuesday, and Milwaukee sent five to the mound during a game that lasted almost four hours.

“In the moment right now, we’re all really disappointed,” Counsell said afterward. “And it’s hard to get past the disappointment right now sitting here right now. It just is. But I think in the end we had big goals. We didn’t quite get there. But you win 95 games, it’s a special group, and they did accomplish some special things.”

In the Atlanta clubhouse, the Champagne was spewing — and planning for the N.L.C.S., which will start on Saturday, would wait just a little bit into the future.

Hours before Tuesday’s first pitch, Major League Baseball announced that Atlanta’s leadoff hitter, Jorge Soler, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Cristian Pache replaced Soler, who hit .269 for Atlanta this season after a July trade from Kansas City, on the division series roster, and Atlanta shuffled its lineup to put Dansby Swanson atop the order. Under baseball’s health protocols, Soler could return during the N.L.C.S.

Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/sports/baseball/atlanta-nlcs.html

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