ARLINGTON, Texas – Cristian Pache is starting in centre field and batting ninth for the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night, taking over after a season-ending left oblique injury to outfielder Adam Duvall.
Duvall, who started in left field in each of Atlanta’s first six playoff games, came out of Game 1 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He got hurt when fouling off a pitch in the second inning of the Braves’ 5-1 win. He was replaced on the roster Tuesday by infielder Johan Camargo.
Dodgers designated hitter Joc Pederson was back in the lineup against rookie right-hander Ian Anderson after not starting against a lefty in the series opener. AJ Pollock returned to left field after being the Game 1 designated hitter. Chris Taylor went from left to second base for Kiké Hernández, who homered Monday in his first start this post-season.
Pache was making his first post-season start after the 21-year-old rookie started only one of the two games he played during the regular season. Ronald Acuña Jr. started Game 2 in right field, where he moved Monday night after Duvall got hurt. Nick Markakis started in left.
“It’s kind of more defensive,” manager Brian Snitker said of choosing Pache to replace Duvall. “Such a big outfield out there. Him running around in centre field is a pretty good option.”
Third baseman Austin Riley, who led off the four-run ninth inning in Game 1 with a homer, moved up from the No. 9 to seventh in the batting order.
Snitker said Duvall didn’t come to the ballpark for Game 2 but would probably return for treatment Wednesday. Because he was replaced on the NLCS roster, Duvall’s can’t play in the World Series, so his season is over.
“He’s hurt, just to not be able to be here with the guys and see the thing through,” Snitker said. “As I said last night, I hate it for him because he’s such a great kid. And has worked so hard. It’s a tough injury for him.”
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