Dusty Baker Reacts to Astros Forcing Game 6 in World Series vs. Braves: “Don’t Know How To Quit”
Dusty Baker answered some questions after his Houston Astros extended the 2021 World Series to a Game 6. He touched on clutch batting from key players, his team’s resilience, and their plans going forward.
Disaster looked like it had struck when Adam Duvall launched a grand slam over the fence in the first inning. When asked about it, Dusty Baker responded with: “If it’s gonna happen, let it happen early.” The Astros took the hit, but they got up and kept fighting. Baker pointed to Alex Bregman’s RBI double in the second inning as a key factor in their comeback. He stated that answering back quickly during the Braves’ “shutdown inning” was extremely important.
The Astros received key contributions from unlikely sources once they were back in the game. Martin Maldonado and Marwin Gonzalez batted in the 8 and 9 spots in the lineup. They each came through with an RBI through hitting and walking. Dusty found this production even more crucial because it came against AJ Minter. Baker knows how dangerous he is, especially when he gets ahead in the count.
All of these moments are built on the belief that they will always win. The manager made this clear by saying: “They don’t know how to quit.” Baker has been preaching this consistently throughout this World Series. No matter how bad their situation gets, they always believe they will come out victorious. He credits this mentality to not listening to outside noise.
Going forward, Baker understands they must win each game at all costs. He feels like the pressure is still on them. He intends for Luis Garcia to take the mound when they play game 6 at Minute Maid Park. If the Astros are able to force a Game 7, the pressure could shift to the Atlanta Braves.