Braves return home needing win vs LA to extend NLDS

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be battling behind Clayton Kershaw in Game 2 of their NLDS series against the Atlanta Braves, as they look to take a commanding 2-0 lead through their two games in Los Angeles.

It was April 29th and the Dodgers just lost their second straight game and fell to 12-15 while sitting at fourth in the NL West. Justin Turner began the first two months of the season trying to get healthy after breaking his wrist.

Manager Dave Roberts says he and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt delivered the news via conference call to Kershaw, who has started eight of the Dodgers' past 10 postseason Game 1s.

Freddie Freeman's post-break OPS (.827) was also more than 100 points lower than his first-half number (.938)... He's hitting.297 with 19 home runs against right-handed pitchers compared to just.209 and 4 against southpaws.

It's hard to imagine Buehler pitching better than Kershaw and Ryu did off Vin Scully Ave., but that may not matter with the way the Braves are hitting and how Dodger hitters keep express shipping mistakes to the outfield seats.

The Atlanta Braves had a disappointing start in game one against the Dodgers but there were several important takeaways fans should be focusing on as Atlanta gears up for an important game two in the series. Atlanta didn't advance a runner past second base in Game 1 and twice got runners to third in Game 2, but couldn't score.

"If it does and he has to pitch, then we'll adjust and regroup from there", Snitker said. "He got hurt quick, really". Donovan met with Machado after the game, and the star shortstop signed the ball.

The 21-year-old Albies was 1 for 4 and 24-year-old Johan Camargo was hitless in four tries. And take nothing away from what he did all year, I mean.

"You know, that is something we do special is being real tough outs one through nine (in the batting order)", Pederson said. "I think a starting pitcher is supposed to throw more than 100 pitches every time". Turner walked in front of Muncy, who lifted a Foltynewicz pitch into the seats in right-center field for a 4-0 lead.

Before past year, he wasn't at his best when his team needed him for a World Series push. That would leave Kevin Gausman and Julio Teheran as the likely starters.

A Braves team that finished 18 games below.500 past year and burst upon the scene in 2018 is actually the one with more predictability surrounding it in a series against the defending National League champions. A trainer briefly came out to check on Kershaw, who threw one warmup pitch to prove he was fine.

Whereas Game 1 was televised on MLB Network last night, Game 2 is being televised on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) cable TV.

Kershaw ran out to the mound as though he was going to pitch the ninth, bringing cheers from the sellout crowd of 54,452.

The Dodgers kept their lineup intact in facing their second straight right-hander.

Pederson hit his home run off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz on the third pitch of the bottom of the first inning. "But to not let it influence his mind or psyche, that doesn't surprise me".

  • Stacy Allen