The Atlanta Braves had everything in place for a huge inning early during Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday.
Then disaster ensued.
Atlanta had runners on second and third base with no outs and a run scored in the inning on an RBI single from Austin Riley.
Nick Markakis came to the plate with first base open after a wild pitch advanced Riley. The top of the Braves order was two batters away.
Swanson makes ill-fated move for home
Markakis hit a scorching grounder off Blake Treinen directly to third baseman Justin Turner.
Dansby Swanson took off from third base at the crack of the bat. This was Atlanta’s first mistake.
— MLB (@MLB) October 19, 2020
Riley makes bad situation worse
Turner anticipated Swanson’s move for home. Instead of going for the force out at first base, he threw home to catch Swanson in a rundown. As Dodgers defenders chased Swanson down and eventually tagged him out, Riley made a move from second to third base.
This was Atlanta’s second mistake of the inning.
After tagging Swanson out with a diving effort, Turner immediately turned to third base and fired a missile to Corey Seager, who tagged Riley out. The Dodgers scored a double play on an at-bat that started with first base empty.
And instead of keeping runners on second and third with one out and Ronald Acuña Jr. on deck, the Braves had Markakis on first with two outs. Cristian Pache grounded out in the next at-bat, and the Dodgers escaped the inning facing a 3-2 deficit.
It could have been a lot worse.
But thanks to a pair of critical base-running errors — and some stellar defense from Turner — the Dodgers kept things close before rallying to win the game and secure their spot in the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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