Anderson went five innings and struck out four batters. He didn’t allow a hit and could’ve made history as one of the only pitchers to throw at least a no-hitter in a World Series game. Atlanta nearly became the lone team to throw a combined no-hitter but Alex Bregman and Aledmys Diaz each had hits.
Snitker said he had no second thoughts about what he did. He said he might’ve opened the door for some second-guessing if the bullpen didn’t hold strong.
“He wasn’t going to pitch a nine-inning no-hitter,” Snitker said of Anderson.
“I don’t know. It could have backfired, I guess. I just thought at that point in time, in a game of this magnitude and all, that he had done his job. And we had a bullpen that all the guys we use had two days off, and they were only going to pitch an inning apiece, and that made them available for the next two games if it went south.”
Anderson understood he was given the hook as he was about to go through the Astros lineup a third time.
“That’s the way the playoffs have been played and managed,” Anderson said, via MLB.com. “You can’t fault Snit for making that move.”
Snitker made clear there was one thing on his mind.
“I need to win a baseball game,” he said.
Anderson made his eighth postseason start and entered the game with a 1.47 ERA.
Atlanta won the game, 2-0. Game 4 is set for Saturday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.