Buckle up, Braves followers—this could sound acquainted.
For the second straight season, Atlanta has taken a 3–1 lead over the Dodgers within the NLCS, inching ever nearer to reaching the franchise’s first World Collection since 1999. Behind a stellar bullpen exhibiting and two residence runs from Eddie Rosario, Atlanta pushed the defending champs to the brink of elimination in a 9–2 win.
The Braves had deliberate to make use of Huascar Ynoa as an opener on Wednesday however needed to alter plans when Ynoa was scratched with shoulder discomfort. Jesse Chavez bought the decision as an alternative, and after a scoreless first inning handed the ball to left-hander Drew Smyly, who tossed three no-hit innings.
In between, the Braves offense went to work. Rosario and middle fielder Adam Duvall hit back-to-back solo homers to lead off the second inning, then Freddie Freeman did the identical to begin the third. Joc Pederson delivered a two-out RBI single after Rosario tripled to proper discipline, and Atlanta held a 4–0 lead by three innings.
The bullpen continued to dominate, with Los Angeles’s solely runs approaching a two-out single by A.J. Pollock within the fifth inning. From that time on, the Braves retired 12 of the final 13 batters they confronted, with the one base runner allowed getting erased on a double play. Atlanta blew the sport open within the ninth on an RBI double from Freeman and a three-run homer by Rosario, his second of the sport.
Rosario’s offensive efficiency made him the primary participant in playoff historical past with two residence runs, a triple and a single in the identical sport, per MLB.com’s Sarah Langs. Wednesday additionally marked his second four-hit sport this postseason, tying for second-most all-time.
The 2 sides will sq. off in Recreation 5 on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Relationship again to final 12 months, when Atlanta additionally held a 3–1 lead within the NLCS, Los Angeles has received six consecutive elimination video games.
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