Maddux returns to Atlanta, throws out ceremonial first pitch

ATLANTA- Hall of Famer Greg Maddux threw away the ritualistic very first pitch for Sunday night’s Video game 5 of the World Series.

Maddux, using his Braves jersey, tipped his cap in reaction to an ovation from fans as he strolled onto the field. Fittingly, he tossed the pitch to Eddie Perez, who was frequently his designated catcher.

Perez, likewise a previous Braves coach, now is an unique consultant for gamer advancement for the group.

Maddux won 4 successive Cy Young Awards for the Chicago Cubs and the Braves, consisting of in 1995 when he published an amazing 19-2 record with a 1.63 period for Atlanta’s 1995 World Series champion group.

It was an unusual Atlanta look for “Mad Dog” Maddux. The 55-year-old Maddux is the pitching coach for UNLV.

PLUNGING BREGMAN MOVES DOWN

Houston supervisor Dusty Baker moved having a hard time 3rd baseman Alex Bregman down in his batting order.

Going Into Video Game 5, Bregman had just one hit in 14 World Series at-bats (.071) with no homers and one RBI. He was striking seventh. He was 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts in Saturday’s night’s 3-2 loss while striking 3rd in Video game 4.

Baker fulfilled with Bregman to talk about the relocation.

“He understood,” Baker stated. “He went out and took extra BP and just trying to find his stroke. So he’s a team guy. There’s no problem with him moving.”

Baker stated he intended to move Bregman back up in a lineup with the designated player if the Series go back to Houston for Video game 6.

IDEAL IN THE HOUSE

The Braves went into Video game 5 of the World Series versus Houston attempting to extend among their most outstanding house postseason efficiencies in group history.

Going into Sunday night’s video game, the Braves were 7-0 in your home in the postseason, consisting of wins in Games 3 and 4 of the World Series. It is their second-longest house winning streak in the postseason, and the longest in one postseason. They won 8 successive house postseason video games from Oct. 7, 1995, to Oct. 9, 1996.

In General, the Braves had actually won 12 of their last 13 house video games prior to Video game 5.

Regardless of the strong surface, the Braves’ house benefit wasn’t almost as noteworthy in the routine season. They were 42-38 in your home and 46-35 on the roadway.

Astros supervisor Dusty Baker understands his group likewise plays well in your home. The Astros are 5-2 in your home this postseason however required to prevent removal to move the Series back to Houston.

“I’m just trying to figure out a way to get back in this thing, and more than anything, figure out a way to get back to Houston with some life because Houston gives us what Atlanta gives them,” Baker stated.

SUPER ROSARIO

One day later on, Braves left fielder Eddie Rosario‘s backhanded catch at the wall of Jose Altuve‘s drive in the eighth inning was still being discussed. Rosario, running at full speed, appeared to have luck on his side as he stuck his glove out at the last second for the catch.

“I tip my cap,” right-hander Luke Jackson said. “What a play by Rosario. I think that’s why he’s got the label Super Rosario today.”

It was an emphasize of Atlanta’s 3-2 win however not always one to utilize as a guide for young outfielders, according to Braves supervisor Brian Snitker.

“I’m not even going to go look at that again,” Snitker stated after the video game. “I’m just glad he caught it. … That’s probably not an instructional video we show our minor leaguers.”

ALVAREZ SORE BUT STARTING

Left fielder Yordan Alvarez, who crashed into the wall attempting to capture Jorge Soler‘s go-ahead homer in the seventh inning of Game 4, was sore but able to start Sunday night.

Baker said he initially feared Alvarez hurt his shoulder reaching for the ball when he hit the fence.

“He banged his knee on the fence because he had paint or something that came off on his knee,” Baker said.

ASTROS’ NL OUTFIELD

Baker needed to reconfigure his outfield for the World Series video games played in Atlanta, with no designated player under National League guidelines.

Alvarez typically was a designated player however his transfer to the outfield implied Kyle Tucker has actually moved to center field, where he played just 4 video games in the routine season. Michael Brantley is beginning in ideal field.

“Playing center is definitely different, but I think I’ve done a good job,” Tucker stated Saturday. “I just try to go out there and do my best and try to catch as many balls and get in as fast as possible. I think overall we’ve done pretty good.”

KEEPING IN MIND ’95 – SORT OF

Braves better Will Smith, a local of Newnan, Georgia, stated he values memories of viewing Atlanta video games with his dad. However the memories of the Braves’ 1995 World Series title are faint. Smith was just 6 and on getaway in Panama City, Florida, with his household when the Braves beat the Indians on the planet Series.

“I just remember my dad being super excited when Marquis Grissom caught the last out,” Smith stated. “I knew they won, but I was still too young to remember much.”

Maddux go back to Atlanta, throws away ritualistic very first pitch initially appeared on NBCSports.com

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.