It was a disappointing evening in Los Angeles last night. After gaining a commanding 3-1 game lead over the Dodgers, and with our ace on the mound, many expected the Atlanta Braves to finish the job. But, Max Fried struggled to gain a steady rhythm, and left the game after just 4 2⁄3 innings pitched with eight hits and five earned runs, two of which were home runs. It quickly became a bullpen game after that, one in which the Braves’ pitchers did not triumph. Chris Martin and Dylan Lee both earned one run in their appearances, while Jacob Webb came out for the top of the ninth and earned four runs.
The only two runs scored by Atlanta came in the very first inning after a two-run homer from Freddie Freeman. They had some make it on base after that, but were left stranded. The Braves are still leading the NLCS 3-2, and will be back in Atlanta on Saturday where Ian Anderson will be facing off against Max Scherzer, hoping to close out the series on home turf.
- Brian Snitker on Jorge Soler’s return, Max Fried
- Tyler Matzek is beating the Yips and NL hitters
- Ian Anderson first inning issues
- Eddie Rosario returns to leadoff spot in Game 5, Freddie Freeman hitting third