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The Daily Chop: Bad luck and bad at-bats lead to a Braves-Dodgers Game 7

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The Braves just could not get a timely hit when then needed one...or a couple...on Saturday evening.

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We have arrived at the best and worst of times...the Braves will be playing a Game 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a berth in the World Series on the line.

Saturday night did not start off well as Max Fried gave up three runs in the first inning, but he did settle down and Braves pitchers did not allow a run the rest of the way. Unfortunately, some really crappy batted ball luck combined with some bad at-bats meant that the Braves would only score one run the rest of the way in a 3-1 loss that forced the aforementioned Game 7.

There is going to be a lot of narrative type things that are going to come out leading up to Game 7, but having to play a Game 7 after being up 3-1 doesn’t feel awesome. However, the Dodgers are insanely good and most thought that this series could go long. With Ian Anderson on the mound and a somewhat rested bullpen, its going to come down to whether or not the offense executes and plays to their potential. If they do, tomorrow could go down in Braves lore in the best possible way. If not...well, lets not talk about that.

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