Braves refuse to give in and hand Astros first loss of playoffs

Twin bill on tap for Saturday
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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MCBEAN PARK – The Braves appear not to be content with an automatic bid to the District 11 Tournament of Champions. After falling behind 6-2, the Atlanta nine came roaring back to defeat the Astros 9-6 Friday night.

The loss puts the Texans (1-1) into the elimination bracket, where they will meet the winner of Saturday’s Giants vs. Angels game on Tuesday night. The Braves will play Wednesday night against the winner of Saturday’s Pirates (1-0) vs. Cardinals (1-0) game.

Friday, the Astros put six runs across the plate in the first two innings; that’s when Braves’ pitchers Brett Woolley and Michael Newsom put the brakes on.

After surrendering eight hits and six runs Woolley settled down and struck out four before giving way to Newsom. Newsom surrendered just one hit in 2 2/3 innings of work.

Braves’ offense: Thomas Reynolds (run), Newsom (single, 2runs), Clayton Coats (2-3, run), Blake Havey (run, RBI), Woolley (run), Steward Eskridge (single, 2RBI) and Nick Burns (2-2, run).

Astros’ offense: Cole Brown (single, run), Shane Dunn (2-4, double, run), Max Pettey (2-3, double, run, RBI), Gavin Young (run), Nolan Chapple (double), Aiden Young (single, run, RBI) Cole Chapple (single, run, 2RBI) and Addison Ewing (double, RBI).

Gavin Young started on the mound for the Houston nine and struck out eight in 3 2/3 innings. Nolan Chapple came on in relief and had two strikeouts.

The Astros committed four errors and the Braves two.

Saturday’s Games

3:30 p.m. – Pirates at Cardinals

6 p.m. – Giants at Angels