Rookie Kyle Wright dazzled for six innings in his post-season debut, and Atlanta rode its excellent pitching to beat the Miami Marlins 7-Zero Thursday for a three-game sweep and its first journey to the NL Championship Sequence since 2001.
There have been only some scattered cheers as Atlanta wrapped up the sequence in an virtually empty Minute Maid Park, the place the one followers allowed have been gamers’ buddies and households.
The group will play the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Diego within the NLCS beginning Monday in Arlington, Texas. It had not superior to the NLCS because it was led by Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, a group managed by Bobby Cox.
Wright (1-0) was sharp regardless of not pitching since Sept. 25, permitting three hits and strolling two with a career-high seven strikeouts. A.J. Minter, Jacob Webb and Shane Greene completed the five-hitter to provide Atlanta 4 shutouts in 5 playoff video games.
Atlanta is the second group in historical past to throw 4 shutouts within the first 5 playoff video games, becoming a member of the 1905 New York Giants.
Travis d’Arnaud doubled twice, with the primary one driving in two runs in Atlanta’s massive third inning. The veteran catcher, who bounced round three groups in a troublesome 2019, helped regular Atlanta’s younger starters, was 6 for 10 with three doubles, two dwelling runs and 7 RBIs within the sweep.
Rookie Sixto Sanchez (0-1) walked Ronald Acuna Jr. to start out the third, and Acuna stole second earlier than advancing to 3rd on a single by Freddie Freeman. Marcell Ozuna laced a single that scored Acuna.
D’Arnaud knocked a double off the bullpen in right-centre to ship two dwelling and lengthen the result in 3-0. Atlanta tacked on one other run on a sacrifice fly by Dansby Swanson.
Sanchez, who threw 5 scoreless frames in Recreation 2 of the wild card, was completed after that inning, permitting 4 hits and runs with three walks as he tied his shortest outing of the season.
The Marlins had an opportunity to chop into the lead within the backside of the inning after they loaded the bases with two outs. However Jazz Chisholm grounded out to finish the menace.
It was a theme all through the day for Miami, which went Zero for 9 with runners in scoring place.