Pache has two-way day for Braves
It wasn’t yet enough to send the Braves to their first World Series since 1999, but Cristian Pache continued to show on Friday night why it was best to thrust him into the lineup when injury shook up the Atlanta outfield at the worst time. The top Braves prospect produced
It wasn’t yet enough to send the Braves to their first World Series since 1999, but
The top Braves prospect produced on both sides of the ball in his fourth consecutive National League Championship Series start, knocking in an early run and later robbing a homer, though the Dodgers claimed Game 5 at Globe Life Field, 7-3, to fend off elimination and force a Game 6.
Cristian Pache 💪— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) October 17, 2020
The #Braves’ top prospect extends the lead! pic.twitter.com/QrKp0VByfN
Pache came to the plate with two runners on and one out in the second inning. He watched a 97.8-mph sinker go by for a strike one against Los Angeles right-hander
The knock gave Pache a hit and an RBI in each of the four games he's started this series.
"I think every baseball player kind of dreams of reaching the playoffs and then, ultimately, winning a World Series," Pache told reporters before Game 3. "For me, I can’t ask for much more. This is what I’ve always wanted, to be able to play in these types of situations.”
Pache grounded out in his only other two at-bats, the second of which was especially costly. In the seventh, after the Braves began the inning with an Austin Riley single and a
Redemption came in the following half-inning, when
Cristian Pache: good at defense. pic.twitter.com/Sjz3DTc776— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) October 17, 2020
Pache’s glovework is why the Dominican Republic native moved into center field once Adam Duvall was removed from Game 1 and ruled out for the rest of the series with a left oblique strain. But Pache now has an RBI in each of his four starts, as he doubled in a run in Game 2 and launched his first big league homer in Game 3.
“I’m really happy for him,” Braves manager Brian Snitker after Game 3. “He’s had some good at-bats since we put him in there, and that’s great. This is a great training ground for him and a great experience. He’s handled himself really, really well.”
Game 6 of the NLCS is scheduled for Saturday at 4:38 p.m. ET.
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