National League Division Series II – October 8-14, 2021

2021 MLB NLDS Banner
MLB Advanced Media, LP

National League Division Series II

Milwaukee Brewers (2 – 95-67, .586) vs.
Atlanta Braves (3 – 88-73, .547)
Best-of-Five Series

Braves win series 3-1,
advance to their second consecutive NLCS


Brian Snitker on preparing for ALDS series against the Brewers

Craig Counsell on matchup with Braves and status of Willy Adames


Friday, October 8, 2021 at 3:37 pm CDT
American Family Field
Braves / Charlie Morton, RHP at
Brewers / Corbin Burnes, RHP

Braves 1Brewers 2
WP: Adrian Houser (1-0, 4.50) | LP: Charlie Morton (0-1, 3.00)
MLB Headline:
Burnes Bests Braves as Brewers win Game 1


Charlie Morton on pitching Game 1

Corbin Burnes on ALDS series and starting Game 1



Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 4:07 pm CDT
American Family Field
Braves / Max Fried, LHP at
Brewers / Brandon Woodruff, RHP

Braves 3Brewers 0
WP: Max Fried (1-0, 0.00) | LP: Brandon Woodruff (0-1, 4.50)
MLB Headline:
Braves even NLDS behind Fried’s 9-K gem


Max Fried on pitching in Game 2

Brandon Woodruff on starting Game 2


Max Fried hurls like a champion, shutting out the Brewers on 3 hits, walking none and striking out 9. He goes above and beyond on defense, fielding several hit balls. Brewers get two men on with one out in each of the last three innings, but can’t get them home.

Max Fried strikes out 9 over 6 innings

Tyler Matzek and Max Fried discuss their outings in Game 2 win


Monday, October 11, 2021 at 12:07 pm CDT
Truist Park
Brewers / Freddy Peralta, RHP at
Braves / Ian Anderson, RHP


Braves 3Brewers 0
WP: Ian Anderson (1-0, 0.00) | LP: Adrian Houser (0-1, 12.00)
MLB Headline:
Joctober! Pinch HR lifts Braves to NLDS lead

Freddy Peralta on getting the nod for Game 3

Ian Anderson on starting Game 3

Craig Counsell on NLDS so far on MLB Tonight



Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 4:07 pm CDT
Truist Park
Brewers / Eric Lauer, LHP at
Braves / Charlie Morton, RHP

Brewers 4Braves 5
WP: Tyler Matzek (1-0, 0.00) | LP: Josh Hader (0-1, 4.50) | S: Will Smith
MLB Headline:
Freddie! Late HR send Braves back to NLCS


Analysts break down Freddie Freeman’s clutch home run on MLB Tonight

Brian Snitker on winning the NLDS

Brewers on disappointing end to 2021 season

Week of July 19-25, 2021

Four-Game Series vs. Minnesota Twins (Including 1 makeup)

Series split 2-2

Monday, July 19, 2021 at 4:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field – 7-inning game
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Twins / Griffin Jax, RHP

L, 3-2, 56-37 (.602), L1 | LP: Garrett Crochet (2-5, 2.93) | Game 93

Tim Anderson extends his hitting streak to 16 consecutive games.

Tim Anderson extends the franchise record for the number of consecutive games in which a player records both a hit and a run scored to 12.

Lance Lynn pitches a complete 7-inning game, giving up just 1 R (5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO). But Griffin Jax and the Twins relievers strike out 9 White Sox through 7, and 2 more in the 8th. With the game tied at 1 at the start of the 8th (extra inning), Garrett Crochet gives up a base hit to Luis Arraez on the first pitch, Josh Donaldson reaches on a fielder’s choice, then Crochet strikes out Trevor Larnach. Ryan Burr steps in and the Twins score 2 runs on a Nelson Cruz sac fly and a Jorge Polanco RBI 1B. Burr strikes out Max Kepler to end the inning. Tim Anderson solo HR (9) in the 3rd. José Abreu scores Tim Anderson with an RBI ground-rule 2B in the 8th. Watch highlights from

Monday, July 19, 2021 at 30-45 minutes after Game 1
Guaranteed Rate Field – Makeup of June 28 (7 innings)
Reynaldo López, RHP vs.
Twins / José Berríos, RHP

W, 5-3, 57-37 (.606), W1 | WP: Aaron Bummer (2-4, 4.22) | Game 94

Tim Anderson is not in the lineup for this game.

José Abreu’s HR lands him in 4th place for career home runs (215) in franchise history—one ahead of Carlton Fisk (now 5th), and six away from tying Harold Baines for 3rd place.

Starter Reynaldo López goes 3 innings (2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO), and reliever Matt Foster goes 2 (2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO). Codi Heuer, then Aaron Bummer wrap it up with a no-hit inning each. Twins starter, José Berríos is mostly unhittable through 6 innings, holding the White Sox to 2 solo HRs only—José Abreu (17) in the 1st and Yoán Moncada (7) in the 6th—before giving up the game in the 7th (final) inning. In the 7th, Brian Goodwin singles on an 0-2 count. Next, Andrew Vaughn is HBP. Then, rookie, left-handed hitter Gavin Sheets slams the first walk-off HR (12) of his career, scoring 3 RBIs to win the game. Watch game highlights from

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Twins / Bailey Ober, RHP

W, 9-5, 58-37 (.611), W2 | Ryan Burr (2-0, 1.96) | Game 95

➤ Sadly, Tim Anderson’s hitting streak ended on Monday with 16 consecutive games, and his franchise-record-breaking streak of games in which he recorded both a hit and a run scored ended on Monday at 12.

Dallas Keuchel‘s intermittently-world-class, but inconsistent pitching results in a five-inning, no-decision start (4 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO). White Sox win in a spectacular 8th inning comeback—José Abreu 3-run HR (18), Billy Hamilton RBI 1B, and Andrew Vaughn (pinch hitting) RBI 1B (thanks to Adam Engel‘s beautiful slide, beating the tag at Home), building upon their earlier lead—Yoán Moncada 2-run HR (8) in the 3rd; and José Abreu RBI 2B, and Brian Goodwin RBI 1B in the 1st. Watch game highlights from

Luis Robert to Rehab

Luis Robert CF 88
MLB Advanced Media, LP

July 20—Outfielder Luis Robert has been assigned to rehab at Winston-Salem Dash (A+).

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Twins / Michael Pineda, RHP

L, 7-2, 58-38 (.604), L1 | LP: Dylan Cease (7-6, 4.21) | Game 96

Five beautiful strikeouts notwithstanding, Dylan Cease struggles against the Twins lineup all night, giving up 7 H and 3 R/ER on 5.0 IP (2 BB, 5 SO). The bullpen performs worse. Offensively, the White Sox *appear* threatening, but 10 hits (5 XBH), 2 walks, 2 ROEs and 3 stolen bases yield just 2 runs in total. Andrew Vaughn 1B and 2B. Billy Hamilton 1B and 2B. Tim Anderson 1B and 2B. Leury García 2B. Yoán Moncada 2B. Adam Engel 1B. José Abreu 1B. Watch game highlights from

Three-Game Series at Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers win series 2-1

Six of the best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball face off. Collectively, they’ve thrown 794 strikeouts this season, as of the start of the series.

Friday, July 23, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
American Family Field
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Brewers / Freddy Peralta, RHP

L, 7-1, 58-39 (.598), L2 |LP: Lucas Giolito (8-7, 3.78) | Game 97

Lucas Giolito fights his way out of some close calls, holding the Brewers to just 1 run on 6.0 IP (6H, 1 R/ER, 5 BB, 3 SO). But Aaron Bummer and Ryan Burr issue 2 walks (each) and give up 1 hit (each) in the 7th, setting up an RBI groundout, a run-scoring walk, and a grand slam for the Brewers. The Brewers pitching dominates the White Sox offense, but Andrew Vaughn says “NO!” to a shutout with a solo HR (11) in the 8th. Tony La Russa believes that Brewers third baseman Luis Urías is “ducking,” and when the next batter (first baseman Rowdy Tellez) also walks, scoring a run, La Russa takes it up with home plate umpire John Libka and gets himself ejected. Not to be outdone, Tim Anderson aggressively protests the ump’s low strike zone during José Abreu’s at bat (including a well-placed “you f’ing suck!”), earning Tim his own early exit. Watch game highlights from

Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
American Family Field
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Brewers / Corbin Burnes, RHP

L, 6-1, 58-40 (.592), L3 | Carlos Rodón (8-4, 2.24) | Game 98

Brewers lead-off man, Kolten Wong, homers off the first pitch from Carlos Rodón, who strikes out the next 3 batters, to end the 1st. In the 2nd, Rodón gives up another HR, hits Manny Piña, and makes a throwing E1. It’s 2-0 Brewers. Rodón throws a 1-2-3 third inning. Then in the 4th, an intended sac bunt by Luis Urias lands him on 2B (Tyrone Taylor advances to 3B), on an E2 (Zack Collins). The next batter brings in Taylor, and Urias also scores when Rodón issues a walk with bases loaded. Happens to the best of us. Rodón gets subbed out in the top of the 5th, when Jake Burger is sent in to pinch hit with bases loaded (4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO on 4.0 IP). White Sox score just 1 R, on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Zack Collins, in the 5th. Also in the 5th: on a Leury García groundout, base runner Yoán Moncada steps over home plate, but is credited with a run scored anyway. Brewers challenge, and the call on the field is overturned. White Sox then unsuccessfully challenge the validity of the ruling, claiming that Brewers did not challenge the play within the 20-second time limit. No score. Watch game highlights from

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 6:08 pm CDT
American Family Field – Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Brewers / Brandon Woodruff, RHP

W, 3-1, 59-40 (.596), W1
WP: Lance Lynn (10-3, 1.91) | S: Liam Hendriks (24) | Game 99

In the most exciting matchup of the series, both Lance Lynn (#2 ERA) and Brandon Woodruff (#3 ERA) turn in stellar performances. Lynn holds the Brewers to 1 run and strikes out 6 with no walks on 6.0 IP (6 H, 1 R/ER). And… out of nowhere, on an 0-2 count, the very same Lance Lynn knocks a 2-RBI 1B in the 2ndhis first hit since his last start with the Cardinals on 09/28/2017, and his first at bat since 04/10/2019. “It’s got to be a good day when you drive in more than you give up,” Lynn tells La Russa after the game. Also in the 2nd, Seby Zavala RBI 1B. Watch game highlights from