Back to last year’s formula — pretty good starting pitching, just enough offense, and a shut-down bullpen. As last year showed, it can work pretty well, at least for a little while.
The Dodgers got two runs in the first off a homer versus Mike Minor. After that, they got six more hits off him through six innings, but no walks, and none of the hits were for extra bases. This is another thing that may not be pretty, but tends to work.
Chipper Jones‘ birthday homer in the fifth cut it to 2-1, and Martin Prado grounded out to score Jason Heyward to tie it later in the inning. The Braves took the lead on a wild pitch in the sixth, but tied it on a double play in the bottom of the inning.
After that, it was the battle of the bullpens. Kris Medlen started the seventh, got the first two guys, then was relieved by Eric O’Flaherty for lefty/right reasons. O’Flaherty got through that and gave up only a two-out walk in the eighth.
Taylor Pastornicky singled in the ninth. Fredi came up with one of his pinch-bunt schemes, but since it was Jack Wilson it didn’t matter. He did get Pastornicky to second. He could have scored from first, as Prado drove him in with a two-out triple. Craig Kimbrel did his thing, allowing a single and a walk while striking out three.