Braves no-hit bid hindered by crowd noise
The Atlanta Braves certainly appreciated the support of the home fans in their 2-0 Game 3 win on Friday. However, that vocal support may have actually cost the team a no-hitter.
The Houston Astros collected just two hits in Game 3, and didn’t get their first until the 8th inning. That was a weakly-hit fly ball by Aledmys Diaz that dropped between left fielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Dansby Swanson.
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The ball was likely catchable from Rosario’s perspective. However, the left fielder admitted he pulled up a bit because the crowd noise prevented him and Swanson from communicating on the fly ball.
“I started charging it hard right away, and I noticed Dansby was charging hard as well — and he had his back to the ball,” Rosario said through an interpreter, via Marc Feinsand of MLB.com. “Obviously, we’re both trying to make a play on the ball. When I knew I had a bead on it, I was trying to say, ‘I got it, I got it.’ I knew Dansby couldn’t hear me, so at the last minute, knowing we couldn’t communicate, I wanted to make sure I avoided any collision between the two of us, so I just kind of eased up on it right there.”
If there was any doubt, crowd noise — or a lack thereof — can definitely have a huge impact on the players. Obviously, Braves fans weren’t trying to hinder their team’s no-hit bid. That may well be exactly what happened.