As September was coming to a close, Atlanta was getting closer to clinching a postseason spot. It had been some time since they had made postseason – 2013 to be exact. September 22nd the Braves made it happen, they were the National League East Division Champions.
One item that has been on my bucket list is to make it to a postseason baseball game. In January we went to see the Titans play the Chiefs in the AFC Wildcard game, and that was madness. Since the Braves had finally made it to postseason we decided to go ahead and buy tickets. We weren’t sure if they were going to get home field advantage or not when we ordered them, and we still had plenty of baseball left to play in the regular season.
The Braves end up losing 4 of their last 5 games. Because of the way the standings were they got to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. And LA got home field advantage. The tickets that we purchased were for game two in Atlanta. When you order postseason tickets in advance you have no idea when that game is going to be. You are taking a gamble. With the way the cards fell we ended up getting game four IF there was a game four since it’s the best 3 out of 5.
Games 1 and 2 were in LA. The Braves got outscored 9-0 in those games. Skunked is more like it. They were coming back to Atlanta down 2-0, and it was not looking pretty the way the offense was going as well as the pitching. Game 3 was Sunday night. We ended up going back to Sandersville for the night to watch the game. If the Braves got swept then we would get up early and go back home. If they pulled out a win then we would wait around for the game to start at 430 ET.
Before the game started Dustin said if the Braves could score five runs then they would win. Enter the bottom of the second inning, and Ronald Acuna Jr steps up to the plate with the bases loaded. Low and behold he crushes the ball – grand slam. He becomes the youngest player to hit a grand slam in a postseason game. The Braves end the inning up 5-0. The Dodgers weren’t backing down easily though. They tied it up in the fifth inning. Freddie Freeman steps up to the plate and crushes a homer in the sixth. That was the game winning hit. We’re going to game 4.
Postseason games are different then regular season games. The fans know it, and there is a different feeling in the air. There were people lined up at the gates before the gates even opened.
When the game started out I was nervous, yes I am that nerd that gets nervous about sporting events. The first inning the Dodgers scored, and I thought well here we go again. But the fourth inning Kurt Suzuki came in to pitch hit with the bases loaded, and got not just one RBI but two. The Braves took the lead 2-1. Go a couple of scoreless innings, and then what I didn’t want to happen happened.
The sixth inning the Dodgers get Freese to single to send two runs home. They go back up on top 3-2. Seventh inning Manny Machado hits a three run shot into left field. He sealed the deal for the game. The Dodgers won 6-2. We ended up leaving before the game ended since we knew the Braves wouldn’t be able to come back from the blow of that home run, and we were driving back home that night.
It was awesome getting to experience postseason baseball, but I have to say that the best part was seeing the beauty that God painted for us on our way out.
There is still more baseball to be played this year, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing what the Braves can do next year. And hopefully they can go deep in the postseason next year.