Baserunning gaffe by Adam Duvall costs Braves-Brewers game Atlanta jumps out to a quick lead in Game 3 of the NLDS
Game 3 of the NLDS took place on Monday at Truist Park in Milwaukee. The Braves blew a chance to score an easy and perhaps crucial run because of some careless baserunning in the second inning. Stay up to date with the latest news and information by visiting this page frequently.
Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta gave up back-to-back singles to Atlanta’s Austin Riley and Adam Duvall to start the frame. Riley was able to tag up and advance to third base after Peralta retired Eddie Rosario on a fly-out to right. With the bases loaded and one out, it was Travis d’Arnaud on the mound for the Yankees.
Wow, no run scored for the Braves on this double play to end the second inning. pic.twitter.com/SuzNdAUwor
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) October 11, 2021
D’Arnaud smashed that ball 321 feet to left, making it a home run in Fenway Park. Christian Yelich had no chance of catching Riley after that. As you can see, Duvall decided to tag up and make an attempt to take second base on the assumption that Yelich’s throw was going to the plate for reasons that are obvious to anyone. As a result of Yelich’s error, Duvall was safely out at second base.
Because there was no force play in place, Riley’s run would have counted if he reached the plate before Duvall was tagged out. No such thing happened. This was not due to Riley, who hustled all the way from third base and even managed to slide into the plate. Because Duvall made the erroneous decision to try and score on Riley’s error, he was the third out of the inning before the ball even touched the plate.
Duvall had a duty to slow down for a rundown if he saw the throw coming directly to second. Even if that was an unnecessary out, Riley would have scored if the play had gone that way. Due to his background as an elite runner, Braves first base coach Eric Young had an interesting discussion with Duvall after the game.
The Braves would have had a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second if Duvall had remained at first. Atlanta has a 67.7 percent chance of winning this crucial Game 3 after all is said and done. Because of Duvall’s over-aggressiveness, the game ended in a tie after two innings, giving the Braves a 53.2% chance of winning. That’s a big deal, to put it mildly. With Peralta and the Milwaukee bullpen being so tough to score against, this development is even more noteworthy.