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The Daily Chop: Braves struggle in Game 5 loss to Dodgers

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The Braves couldn’t close the resilient Dodgers out on Friday.

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Friday night was a bit of a rough night for the home team. After scratching together a couple of runs off of Dustin May and AJ Minter absolutely shoving to start the game for three scoreless innings, things quickly unraveled thanks to Will Smith, both of them, and Corey Seager who helped lead the offensive in the sixth and seventh innings that ended up giving LA a substantial lead.

The Braves kept fighting along....even Josh Tomlin, who gave Braves fans a real fright in Game Two, performed ably in his two innings of work at the end of the game. The margin was 7-3 going into the ninth inning with the Dodgers sending Kenley Jansen, who has not been anywhere close to his peak self of late, to the mound.

Unfortunately, the Braves bats could not deliver in the bottom of the ninth and they fell to the Dodgers. They are still up 3-2 in the NLCS with Max Fried going on regular rest.

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