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Austin Riley the hero for Braves in NLCS Game 1

Austin Riley walk-off hit

Austin Riley was the hero for the Atlanta Braves in their 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night in Atlanta.

The Braves scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first on a wild pitch by Dodgers opener Corey Knebel. The Dodgers tied the game in the second on an RBI single by Chris Taylor.

The Dodgers thought they were in really good shape after Will Smith hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the top of the fourth to make it 2-1, but the lead did not last long. Riley sent a ball over the left field wall in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game.

The score remained tied until the bottom of the ninth, when Riley knocked in Ozzie Albies with a walk-off hit.

Albies helped make things happen with a huge stolen base after he singled, putting himself in scoring position. He probably would have been able to score from first on Riley’s hit into the corner, but the stolen base left no doubt.

The Dodgers decided to make it a bullpen game and used up eight pitchers. They have been taxed by playing in the wild card game and then going five games in the NLDS against the Giants. Max Fried had a solid start for the Braves, allowing two runs over six innings.

The Braves have taken a big 1-0 lead entering Game 2 on Sunday. The Dodgers will lament getting 10 hits and only being able to push across two runs. Their poor baserunning in the ninth inning will probably stick with them as a major missed opportunity:

Instead, the Braves got the big win. For Riley, he made his first career walk-off hit really count.

Braves’ Austin Riley had great comment about his huge home run in Game 1

Austin Riley

Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley had a great comment about his huge home run in Game 1 of the NLCS on Monday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

The Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers were playing a low-scoring game and entered the ninth tied at 1. That’s when everything changed.

Riley was facing Blake Treinen to begin the inning and sent the fifth pitch of his at-bat deep to center to break the tie.

That was a 98-mph pitch that Riley took deep to put the Braves ahead. The magnitude of the home run was not lost on the 23-year-old.

“I didn’t feel my legs when I was running around the bases,” Riley said after the game.

Riley’s home run helped give Atlanta some momentum. Marcell Ozuna added an RBI single, and Ozzie Albies hit a 2-run home run (that Atlanta’s closer caught). The Braves won 5-1 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Braves phenom Austin Riley injured knee warming up in weight room

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Austin Riley gave an unfortunate new meaning to leg day this week.

Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters Wednesday that the 22-year-old phenom hurt a knee ligament while warming up in the weight room on Tuesday and will be placed on the IL, per The Athletic’s David O’Brien.

Riley had burst onto the scene for the Braves this season, smacking 17 homers and 45 RBIs in just 66 games and winning NL Rookie of the Month for May.

Such weight room-related injuries, while lamentable, are not entirely unheard of among baseball players — it even once happened to another Brave.