And have been all season long: a resilient team.
The Atlanta Braves shortstop had just scored an insurance run on Adam Duvall's ninth-inning double in a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The Braves have a chance to win a playoff series, something that hasn't been done by the Braves in nearly 20 years.
There's a way to go before that happens, but the journey continues with Hudson's planned start today against the Braves.
It wasn't a good omen for the Braves. Pinch runner Billy Hamilton stole third as Hechavarria whiffed on a checked swing. "But getting to third even with two outs, what if Martinez bounces one in the dirt?" The previous younger pitcher to start a Game 3 or later was when a 21-year-old Clayton Kershaw did so for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 2009 NLCS vs. Philly.
"I saw it coming, even just getting ready in the dugout, just how the inning was playing out, that that could definitely be a possibility", Swanson said of the McCann walk.
The Cardinals played the odds. It could be the short-rested Dallas Keuchel, who allowed one run in 4- 2/3 innings in Game 1, or late roster addition Julio Teheran. "It's just disrespectful, I think".
The Atlanta Braves are promising to continue their dialogue with the Native American community in the wake of Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley's criticism of the Tomahawk Chop chant.
"He's bent, but he hasn't broken a whole lot", Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said of Martinez after the game. "This is now", Swanson said. He understood the move to walk McCann - and wasn't unhappy with it. "That kid lives for that moment".
But the Braves weren't done.
Both Dansby Swanson and Adam Duvall picked up RBIs with two out in the top of the ninth in Atlanta's 3-1 victory over St. Louis. Martinez's wipeout slider is rather more efficient in opposition to right-handed hitters. It probably would not have been called a strike.
"Occasionally I've had to settle him a little bit". "I haven't thought of it before now".
The Braves now have a 2-1 series lead in the postseason for the first time since 2002. The Braves have not yet announced their Game 4 starting pitcher.
The fourth game of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Braves will start at 3:07 p.m. ET and be shown on TBS.
"Because once I get out there, I can compete with anything I've got".
Let's talk about the decision first before we get into the matchup. Their 2-1 lead in the NLDS is the first time they have been ahead in a playoff series in 17 years. In the second, Yadier Molina singled and Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies extended the inning by misplaying Paul DeJong's grounder for an error. "We don't worry about what happened tonight; we're not anxious about what's happening in the future". "It came down to really two pitches".
However in Sunday's ninth inning, to defend a one-lag lead, here came Martinez, in the traditional, time-honored quandary for the nearer.