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World Series Game 6 – Postgame Notes

BRAVES WIN 117TH WORLD SERIES
• The Atlanta Braves have captured their fourth World Series title, and the team’s first since 1995 (also: 1957, 1914).
• This marks the Braves’ second world championship since the Club moved to Atlanta in 1966 (1957 Milwaukee Braves and 1914 Boston Braves).

• With Atlanta’s world championship, the National League has now won eight-of-12 titles since 2000, including the last three (also: 2010 Giants, 2011 Cardinals, 2012 Giants, 2014 Giants, 2016 Cubs, 2019 Nationals, 2020 Dodgers). However, the American League holds the edge all-time with 66-of-117 winners.

JORGE SOLER NAMED UNANIMOUS WORLD SERIES MVP
• Soler joined Hall of Famer Tom Glavine (1995) and Lew Burdette (1957) as Braves players to win World Series MVP since the award was introduced in 1955.

• He became the fourth designated hitter to accomplish the feat, joining Hall of Famer Paul Molitor (1993), Hideki Matsui (2009) and David Ortiz (2013).

• Soler clubbed a three-run home run in the third inning tonight, his third of the 2021 World Classic and the sixth of his Postseason career.

• Jorge became the fourth player to log three homers in a single World Series in franchise history, joining Lonne Smith (1991), Ryan Klesko (1995) and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron (1957). Jorge became the seventh foreginborn player in history to hit three homers in a  Single World Series, joining Randy Arozarena (2020), Juan Soto (2019), Pablo Sandoavl (2012), Albert Pujols (2011), Hideki Matsui (2009) and Hall of Famer Tony Perez (1975).

• He became the sixth player in history to launch three go-ahead round-trippers in a single Fall Classic, joining Hall of Famers Babe Ruth (1926) and Lou Gehrig (1928), as well as Gene Tenace (1972), Curtis Granderson (2015) and George Springer (2017). His three go-ahead World Series homers rank second in franchise history overall, trailing only David Justice, who recorded four across three seasons (1991, 1992, 1995).

• He became the second player in Braves World Series history to deliver a home run and three RBI in a potential clinching game, joining his teammate Adam Duvall, who did so in Game 5 with his first inning grand slam. Marked the 32nd such performance in MLB World Series history. Prior to Duvall, 2018 Fall Classic MVP Steve Pearce was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so for the Red Sox
in their clinching Game 5.

• The Braves are now 2-6 all-time in Game 6 of the World Series (loss, 1996-Yankees; won 1995-Indians; loss 1992-Blue Jays; loss 1991 Twins; loss 1958-Yankees; loss 1957-Yankees; loss 1948-Indians). They are now 2-0 this Postseason in Game 6s, previously defeating the Dodgers in the NLCS.

• The Astros are now 0-3 all-time in Game 6 of the World Series (loss 2019-Nationals; loss 2017-Dodgers). They are now 1-1 this year in Game 6s, previously defeating the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS.

FRIED
• Max Fried earned the win after tossing 6.0 shutout innings with six strikeouts while not allowing a walk and permitting four hits. • Fried became the first Braves pitcher since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux in Game 2 of the 1996 World Series to log 6.0-or-more shutout frames in a Fall Classic game. He became the fourth to do so in a potential clinching game in franchise history, joining Hall of Famers Tom Glavine (1995 G6) and John Smoltz (1991 G7), and Lew Burdette (1957 G7). It was the first such start in MLB World Series history since Freddy Garcia in 2005 (G4).

• He became seventh pitcher in World Series history to pitch at least 6.0 shutout innings without issuing a free pass in a possible clinching game, joining Bret Saberhagen (1985 G7), Ralph Terry (1962 G7), Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean (1934 G7), Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski (1920 G7), Ray Collins (1912 G6) and Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson (1905 G5). • Fried became the first starting pitcher to ever tally six punchouts while not allowing a walk nor run in a potential World Series clinching game.

SWANSON
• Dansby Swanson logged a two-run homer in the fifth inning tonight, his second of the 2021 Fall Classic and the fifth of his Postseason career.

• Swanson became the ninth shortstop in MLB history to register multiple round-trippers in a single World Series, joining Corey Seager (2020), Carlos Correa (2017), Edgar Renteria (2010), Rich Aurillia (2002), Hall of Famer Derek Jeter (2000), Hall of Famer Alan Trammell (1984), Rico Petrocelli (1967) and Phil Linz (1964).

• He became the second No. 9 hitter in World Series history to log a home run and two RBI in a potential clinching game, joining Shawon Dunston (2002).

• His five career Postseason homers are tied for seventh-most in MLB Postseason history, and trail only Jeter (20), Correa (18), Seager (13), Nomar Garciaparra (7), Jhonny Peralta (7) and Aurillia (6).

FREEMAN
• Freddie Freeman extended the Braves’ lead with an RBI double in the fifth frame, as well as a solo home run in the seventh inning. His 18 career Postseason extra-base hits are tied for fourth-most in in Braves Postseason history with Andruw Jones, and trai Hall of Famer Chipper Jones (31), Javy López (24) and Fred McGriff (22).

• Freeman became the first player in team history to deliver multiple extra-base hits and RBI in a potential Fall Classic clinching contest.

• Freddie joined Fred McGriff (1996) as the only players in Braves Postseason history to launch five round-trippers in a single campaign.

HOMERIN’ BRAVES
• The Braves recorded 11 home runs in the 2021 Fall Classic, the most in in a single World Series in franchise history. They became the eighth Club in MLB World Series history to reach 11 homers in a single Fall Classic. Only the 2017 Astros (15), 2022 Giants (14), 1956 Yankees (12) and 2020 Dodgers (12) registered more.

SHUTOUT
• The 2021 Braves became the 24th pitching staff to shut out the opposition in a clinching World Series game, and the first since the 2005 White Sox.

EVERYDAY GUYS
• Atlanta’s Tyler Matzek and Houston’s Ryne Stanek both appeared in their 13th games of the 2021 Postseason. That’s tied for the second-most appearances in a single Postseason, and trail only Brandon Morrow (2017) and Paul Assenmacher (1997), who share the record with 14 outings.

BRANTLEY
• Michael Brantley tallied a pair of hits tonight and logged 22 this Postseason. That’s tied for second-most in a single campaign in franchise history with Jose Altuve (2017) and trails only Altuve’s 25-hit Postseason run in 2019.

• His 22 hits are tied for fourth-most in a single campaign by a left-handed batter in MLB Postseason history, and trail only Darin Erstad (25, 2002), Tino Martinez (24, 2000) and Eddie Rosario (23, 2021).

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