The Atlanta Braves took an early lead, but then had to hold on in the end for an 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers to take a 2–0 lead at the NLCS. Atlanta kept the Dodgers in check once again, before things finally got a little sideways. The series is not over by any means, but the Braves have to feel pretty good about where they currently sit. Here are three ideas from Game 2 as we prepare for the series to continue on Wednesday.
Ian Anderson was not fast, but batted for four innings
Giving uncertainty with their rotation, it felt like the Braves probably needed a chance to win every game started by Max Fried and Ian Anderson. Anderson was not as fast as we have seen him but he managed to get out of trouble and scorch the Dodgers in four innings. Anderson’s postson streak was extended to 15 2/3 for consecutive scoreless innings, the fourth-longest streak in the history of the Braves after only beating Bordett, Tom Glavin and Steve Avery.
Ian Anderson has played 15 2/3 consecutive scoring innings at this postman so far.
This is the 4 longest scorer innings in the history after the Braves, behind only:
1957 Lew Burdett: 24 IP
1995–96 Tom Glavin: 18 IP
1991 Steve Avery: 16 1/3 IP
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Freddie Freeman Homers again, is hit on the elbow
Freddie Freeman teamed up for the second straight game and started the Braves offense. After a regular season of MVP caliber, Freeman is starting to heat up again. He finished the game for 2 and scored three runs in the fourth inning, including his two-run shot. The Braves got scared in the eighth when Freeman suffered an elbow injury off former teammate Alex Wood’s pitch. Brian Snitker told reporters after the game that Freeman was alright but this led to him wavering and feeling a bit let down. This was the same elbow on which Freeman had offseason surgery.
Brave #MixItUp in 5th
The Dodgers have a powerful offensive lineup, but you got to see how deep Atlanta could go in the fifth inning. The rally began when Tony Gonsolin hit Nick-Markkis to bat one after 10-pitch. Cristian Pachey made the score 3–0 with double digits. Gonsoline would exit after Acuna’s walk, but the Braves continued it. Freeman had a single, two more walks and a sacrifice fly by Ozzie Albis took a 6–0 lead.
Atlanta took a bounce or bust approach through the first two rounds of the playoffs and made some big strike totals. We have seen that change a bit in NLCS because they have been more selective and are ready to hit the ball differently. The Braves struck out 12 times in Game 2 but lengthened seven walks. This will be an important monitoring factor as this series continues.
Bullpen derby at the end of no off days results
Playing the seven-day series without an off is going to affect. Atlanta took a big early lead and Brian Snitker tried to stay away from his big cannons in the bullpen. After AJ Minters allowed a three-run home run to Corey Seeger in the seventh, Chris Martin threw a scorched frame into the eighth. After Albies extended the lead to 8-3 with a home run, the sneaker tried to pull Josh Tomlin out of the game. This did not go well as Tomlin was tagged for three runs in only 2/3 of an innings and Snitker was forced to turn to Melancon to reach the final.
You will no doubt know how the Dodgers would bring some momentum to Game 3 due to their late rally, but this part was a by-product of a series without a close. Both the Braves and the Dodgers are going to find a day for their relievers at some point in the series. Atlanta was able to save Will Smith in Game 2, but Chris Martin may not be available on Wednesday after two straight appearances. Atlanta’s deep bullpen has served it well, but the depth in this series has to be put to the test.