Atlanta fans will leave Truist Park on Sunday either with excitement or anticipation.
The Braves made a seventh-inning comeback against the Astros on Saturday to win Game 4 3-2 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the World Series. on Sunday, they will face Houston for the last time in Atlanta with a chance to win the series, or prepare for a flight to Houston for Game 6 and a potential Game 7.
For the second straight night, Atlanta will be engaging in a bullpen game, with southpaw Tucker Davidson set to start on the mound. Davidson has made five starts in his big-league career and has a 4.15 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 12 walks in 21.2 innings of work. When he pitches on Sunday, he will be making his postseason debut.
The Astros will hand the ball to their Game 1 starter, left-hander Framber Valdez. Valdez was outstanding during the regular season, pitching to a 3.14 ERA in 134.2 innings of work with 125 strikeouts and a league-leading 70.3 percent groundball rate. He has struggled a bit this postseason as he owns a 6.35 ERA in four starts, and he did not fare well against Atlanta in Game 1 as they rocked him for five runs on eight hits — two homers — and a walk in two innings of work.
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11:41 p.m. End Top Eighth: Kyle Tucker flies out to left to end the top half of the eighth.
11:39 p.m.: Gurriel picks up his third hit of the night with a single up the middle. Runners on first and second with two out in the eighth.
11:38 p.m.: Alvarez swings at all three pitches and comes up empty.
11:36 p.m. Astros’ scoring play: Correa drives in Altuve with a single to left, and the Astros keep piling on. Now five unanswered runs. Astros extend lead to 9-5.
11:35 p.m.: Hard hit to second by Brantley, but right to Albies for the groundout. Altuve moves up to third.
11:34 p.m.: On the appeal, Altuve is still ruled safe.
11:31 p.m.: Braves attempt a pickoff of Altuve, who takes off for second, but the throw to Freeman comes in wide. Freeman’s throw to second is ruled a bit late, but they’re going to review it. Looks very close.
11:30 p.m.: Altuve slaps a leadoff single through the middle to get the eighth underway.
11:26 p.m. End of Seventh: Stanek makes quick work of the top three batters in Atlanta’s lineup. He caps off the seventh with a strikeout of Albies.
11:24 p.m.: Freeman grounds out to first.
11:22 p.m.: Soler flies out to left.
11:21 p.m.: Ryne Stanek has entered in the game for Houston to face the top of the order.
11:15 p.m. End Top Seventh: Smyly gets Chas McCormick swinging to strand Maldonado stranded at second.
11:12 p.m. Astros’ scoring play: Maldonado delivers with an RBI single to left to drive in Tucker. He moves up to second on the throw to the plate. Astros extend lead to 8-5.
11:10 p.m.: Bregman lifts one right over the mound, and Riley comes in to make the catch.
11:09 p.m.: Tucker likes the first pitch he sees, and he doubles it down the right field line.
11:08 p.m.: Drew Smyly enters the game and immediately picks up a strikeout on Gurriel.
11:03 p.m. End of Sixth: Long run in foul territory by Bregman, who was playing around shortstop in the shift, but he reaches the popout by Pederson to end the inning.
11:00 p.m.: Swanson strikes out swinging at a high fastball. Joc Pederson will face Maton with two outs and a runner on.
10:56 p.m.: d’Arnaud reaches with a one-out single to left.
10:55 p.m.: Duvall is caught looking at a fastball by Maton for the first out.
10:49 p.m. End Top Sixth: Another night, another impressive grab by Rosario. He makes a sliding snag on a fly ball from Alvarez for the third out.
10:48 p.m.: Correa bounces out to his counterpart, Swanson, at short. Two away.
10:46 p.m.: Back on the mound for another inning, Martin gets Brantley to ground out to first to start the sixth.
10:40 p.m. End of Fifth: Rosario bounces it back to the mound. Maton puts up a scoreless frame in the fifth.
10:37 p.m.: Riley keeps swinging a hot bat as he doubles into the left-center gap with two outs. Rosario due up.
10:35 p.m.: Albies goes down swinging for the second out of the inning.
10:34 p.m.: Phil Maton enters the game for Houston, and Freeman immediately lines out to right on the first pitch he sees.
10:30 p.m. End Top Fifth: Altuve goes down swinging, but not before Houston picks up its first lead of the night.
10:27 p.m.: Chris Martin comes in to face Altuve.
10:24 p.m.: That will do it for Minter.
10:23 p.m. Astros’ scoring play: Gonzalez bloops a base hit into left, and two runs come around to score. Astros take a 7-5 lead.
10:22 p.m. Astros’ scoring play: Not what Braves’ fans like to see. Minter walks Maldonado to tie the game. Marwin Gonzalez due up. Astros tie the game at 5-5.
10:18 p.m.: Bregman is intentionally walked, and Maldonado comes up to bat with the bases loaded.
10:18 p.m.: Tucker bounces out to first, but it’s hit slow enough that the Braves can’t turn two. Bregman due up with runners on second and third and two away.
10:16 p.m.: Gurriel picks up his second hit of the night as he singles up the middle. Correa stops at second, so Tucker will bat with runners on first and second.
10:14 p.m.: Breaking ball from Minter comes in through the front door, and Alvarez is caught looking at strike three.
10:11 p.m.: Correa starts the top of the fifth off with a leadoff single into center.
10:06 p.m. End of Fourth: Jose Urquidy gets Soler to bounce into a forceout to second to end the inning.
10:01 p.m.: Minter squares around to bunt, but it goes straight up in the air, and Maldonado makes the catch.
10:01 p.m.: Swanson takes a hack at a center-cut slider, but he hits it on a line right at Tucker in center for the first out. Minter will bat for himself in the bottom of the fourth.
10:00 p.m.: d’Arnaud singles up the middle to get the bottom of the fourth underway.
9:56 p.m. End Top Fourth: Minter carves up Brantley as he strikes him out on three pitches.
9:51 p.m.: Altuve flies out to right, and with Brantley due up to bat, Braves manager Brian Snitker is turning to southpaw A.J. Minter to come out to pitch.
9:49 p.m.: Interesting development. Astros’ pinch hitter is last night’s starting pitcher, Zack Greinke. He recorded a hit last night. And of course, he singles to right in his at-bat here.
9:48 p.m.: Albies has to range pretty far to his left and makes a low throw, but Freeman scoops it out for the out on the Maldonado grounder.
9:44 p.m. End of Third: After a 12-pitch at-bat, Yimi Garcia gets Duvall to pop out to Correa to end the inning.
9:33 p.m.: Rosario draws a walk for the second time tonight. Duvall coming up, and it looks like that will do it for Valdez.
9:31 p.m.: Riley grounds to short for the second out.
9:29 p.m.: Nice barehanded snag by Bregman on a slow roller from Albies as he’s able to throw out the speedy second baseman for the first out.
9:27 p.m. Braves’ scoring play: Freeman, in what potentially could be his last game at Truist Park, homers to give the lead right back to the Braves. No-doubter at 460 feet and 112 mph off the bat. Braves take a 5-4 lead.
9:21 p.m. End Top Third: Astros have made this a brand new ball game. After Tucker walks, Bregman flies out to left to end the inning, but this game is knotted up at four.
9:17 p.m. Astros’ scoring play: Gurriel grounds out to short, and Brantley will score. Correa moves up to third with Tucker coming to the play. Astros tie the game at 4-4.
9:16 p.m.: Alvarez flies to left on the first pitch he sees, but it’s not deep enough for Brantley to score. One away with Gurriel due up.
9:15 p.m. Astros’ scoring play: Correa doubles to left-center to bring in Atluve. Brantley moves to third and Correa now at second with still no one out. Braves still lead 4-3.
9:13 p.m.: Jesse Chavez comes in to face Correa.
9:10 p.m.: Davidson’s night comes to an end as he walks Brantley. Two runners on, no one out.
9:07 p.m.: Altuve reaches as Swanson has trouble fielding the grounder.
9:01 p.m. End of Second: Soler grounds out to short to end the inning.
8:59 p.m.: Davidson strikes out swinging. Back to the top of the order.
8:58 p.m.: Dansby Swanson grounds out to Correa, who had to range to his left to make the play.
8:53 p.m. End Top Second: Valdez is caught looking at strike three, and the Astros will settle for the two runs in the second.
8:50 p.m. Astros’ scoring play: The Astros keep narrowing the gap. Martin Maldonado flies out to center to move both runners up 90 feet, scoring Tucker. Framber Valdez will bat for himself. Braves still lead 4-2.
8:47 p.m. Astros’ scoring play: That has to feel good for Bregman. Moved down to seventh in the order after starting the World Series 1-for-14, he lines a double into the right-center gap that scores the runner from second and puts two Astro baserunners in scoring position. Braves still lead 4-1.
8:44 p.m.: Walk for Kyle Tucker gives Alex Bregman a chance to bat with two runners on and one out.
8:41 p.m.: The AL batting champ picks up the Astros’ first hit as he lines a base hit into center.
8:39 p.m.: Yordan Alvarez flies out to left on the second pitch he sees.
8:35 p.m. End of First: Travis d’Arnaud grounds out to short, but the damage is done in a major way.
8:34 p.m. Braves’ scoring play: Adam Duvall. Grand slam. What a way to get Game 5 underway in Atlanta. Braves take a 4-0 lead.
8:33 p.m.: Eddie Rosario lays off a pitch inside, and he’s on with a walk. Bases loaded.
8:29 p.m.: Riley singles through the left side, and as Albies advances to third, Riley moves up to second on the throw.
8:28 p.m.: Albies rolls a slow grounder to Correa at short, who throws to second to try and start the double play, but Albies is safe on the backend. Two away with Austin Riley due up.
8:27 p.m.: Freddie Freeman skies the first pitch he sees to center, and Kyle Tucker is there to bring it in for the first out.
8:26 p.m.: Braves get going right away. Jorge Soler hits a hard grounder to third that takes a wicked hop that Alex Bregman can’t pick. Soler on first with a single.
8:23 p.m. End Top First: Carlos Correa shoots one up the middle that Ozzie Albies fields. He steps on second and throws on to first for the inning-ending double play.
8:21 p.m.: Michael Brantley lays off a pitch outside to take a one-out walk.
8:18 p.m.: Altuve pops out to short for the first out.
8:16 p.m.: First pitch of the night from Tucker Davidson is a breaking ball to Jose Altuve that he takes at the top of the zone for a strike.
7:55 p.m.: 20 minutes until first pitch. Here are the starting lineups for the two teams.
World Series start time today
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 31
- Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
First pitch between the Astros and Braves is set for 8:15 p.m. ET on Sunday.
How to watch the 2021 World Series
- TV channel (U.S.): Fox
- TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet
- Live stream: fuboTV
All World Series games will be broadcast on Fox in the United States and on Sportsnet in Canada. On the Fox broadcast, Joe Buck will handle play-by-play with John Smoltz providing analysis in the booth and Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci reporting at field level.
Streamers can find the game on the Fox Sports Go app or by using fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial.
World Series schedule 2021
Tue., Oct. 26
Braves 6, Astros 2
Wed., Oct. 27
Astros 7, Braves 2
Fri., Oct. 29
Braves 2, Astros 0
Sat., Oct. 30
Braves 3, Astros 2
Sun., Oct. 31
Astros at Braves, Game 5
Tue., Nov. 2
Braves at Astros, Game 6*
Wed., Nov. 3
Braves at Astros, Game 7*
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