Wiedmer: Pederson's string of pearls could string together a deep Braves playoff run

Atlanta Braves' Joc Pederson (22) celebrates his three-run homer in the dugout against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of Game 3 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA - Could a string of pearls lead to a string of Atlanta Braves postseason victories?

If Monday afternoon at Truist Park is any indication, it just might.

For the second time in two National League Division Series games against the Milwaukee Brewers, Braves pinch-hitter Joc Pederson came to the plate with a string of pearls around his neck and promptly knocked a pitch from Brewers reliever Adrian Houser out of the park.

On Monday there were two aboard in the bottom of the fifth when his three-run blast accounted for all the Atlanta runs in this 3-0 victory. He also arrived at the plate in Friday's Game 1 with the Braves trailing 2-0 and lined a solo homer off Houser to cut the deficit in half.

Although the Braves failed to muster another run beyond Pederson's in that game, thanks to Pederson's Monday heroics, the Braves are now within a single win of reaching their second straight league championship series heading into Tuesday's Game Four at Truist Park.