Atlanta 6 - Houston 2
The score is closer than this game ever was, with Atlanta being up 5-0 after three and the Houston offense simply never finding their groove. Houston leaned on Framber Valdez who folded like a card table. Meanwhile, Atlanta lost Charlie Morton for the series after he refused to go down.
Charlie Morton took a comebacker off his leg in the second inning. He threw ten more pitches to get out of the inning. He then went back out to the mound in the third and proceeded to strike out Jose Altuve before his broken leg determined it was time to come out of the game. The game was a victory for the Braves, but the loss of Morton for the series and the need to dig deep into the bullpen in Game 1 both raise plenty of questions for the remainder of the series.
Braves Win, Lose in Game 1
The Atlanta Braves’ season has largely been defined by the organization’s ability to overcome injuries. Now, they will get to test the ability again, as they have lost their ace, Charlie Morton to a fractured fibula.
Ohtani Presented with Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award
This is the first time Rob Manfred has bestowed the award since he took over the role of Commissioner in 2015.
Nelson Cruz Wins Clemente Award
Among other philanthropic deeds, the 41-year-old Cruz, a 17-year MLB veteran and seven-time All-Star, provided financial support to 1,200 families in his hometown of Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic, during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping feed 700 families.