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With all the recent struggles on the field & the drama off the field, winning baseball games seems like a taller task than ever for the Braves. Game 1 of this series reflected that. Games Two & Three though? Different story.
Game 2 saw Charlie Morton snag the win against Dodger Royalty Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw pitched six innings, in five of those he held the Atlanta offense scoreless. That fifth inning though, would prove to be all the Braves would need to put away the Dodgers on a Saturday night in Atlanta; as the Braves pushed across five runs in a 6-4 winning effort.
Abraham Almonte smacked his first homerun of the season when he pinch hit in the seventh inning in the pitcher’s spot. Treinen came in Almonte’s happy zone, & Almonte returned to sender. Almonte is an all-time baseball name too, just wanted to throw that in there.
In Game Three, the 2020 NL Cy Young Trevor Bauer surrendered three earned runs over six innings of work. His outing was solid, but underwhelming for his standards. He’s also a widely known proponent & advocate of using substances on the mound, probably due in part to his college teammate Gerrit Cole. The game brought Bauer’s ERA against Atlanta to 4.50.
Almonte made it back to back games with an RBI, his only two of the season. Ozzie’s double plated a run as well, his 37th. Old friend Ender Inciarte added two RBI of his own.
Max Fried held the Dodgers potent offense to one run over six innings. Minter & Martin would hold that score before Will Smith came in in the ninth & gave up a solo shot to 55-year old Albert Pujols. Because, why not?