With their victory this Wednesday, the Atlanta Braves moved within one win to win the Division Series.
Ian Anderson helped allay concerns about the Braves' rotation when he debuted in August, now standing as one of the key reasons this October is shaping up to be a memorable one for Atlanta.
Anderson put on another impressive scoreless effort, and Dansby Swanson hit the first of two home runs that propelled the Braves to a 2-0 victory over the Marlins in Game 2 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday afternoon. at Minute Maid Park.
Swanson and Travis d'Arnaud hit home runs for the second day in a row to back Anderson and leave the Braves within one win of sweeping this best-of-five series. They are bidding to advance to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2001.
Anderson allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday with 8 K's and has now recorded 17 strikeouts without allowing a run in the 11 2/3 innings he completed in the first two playoff starts of his career. The 22-year-old right-hander joins former Bravo Steve Avery as the only pitchers in major league history to record more than five scoreless innings with at least eight strikeouts in each of his first two postseason appearances.
For the Marlins, Moises Sierra did nothing for two at-bats.
For the Astros, Marcell Ozuna 3-0 from Santiago.