Austin Riley’s walk-off single lifted the Braves over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS and he put on his superhero cape again in Game 2.
On Saturday night for the opener of the NLCS, the Atlanta Braves walked it off in the ninth inning with Austin Riley delivering a clutch single that drove in Ozzie Albies to take the 1-0 series lead at home.
After Atlanta fell down 4-2 on Sunday night in Game 2, Riley figured that the Braves might need him to tie on the cape and play the role of hero once again.
Albies got things rolling in the bottom of the eighth inning as he drove in Eddy Rosario to cut the lead to one run. Then Riley stepped up to the dish and showed that the clutch gene is alive and well with him. Just missing a go-ahead home run by a few feet, he launched a double into left field that allowed Albies to come all the way around from first to score and tie the game.
It’s Austin Riley’s world and the Dodgers hate living in it.
Even having home-field advantage for the NLCS, the Braves came into the series as heavy underdogs. But if Austin Riley has his way, his team won’t be living up to that billing.
After starting the year in a bit of a slump and drawing a ton of criticism from fans, Riley snapped out of it and played at a legitimate MVP level.
Judging by Games 1 and 2 of the NLCS, he’s not planning on stopping playing at the level in the postseason either.