Clayton Kershaw left after only 2 innings with back tightness, but the Braves were unable to take advantage. A Matt Adams 3 run homer to tie the game in the ninth off Kenley Jansen provided some drama, but Jim Johnson could only record one out in the 10th.

Sean Newcomb went 6 innings, allowing only 3 hits, but 5 walks, which accounted for 2 of his 3 runs allowed following an Austin Barnes homer. Newcomb also recorded 9 strikeouts. Another step for Newcomb down what appears to the Folty highway of development. The ultimate duration of the rebuild may depend on if any pitching prospects ever provide immediate and consistent performance. It’s not a given, or even to be expected, for any pitching prospect.

The Braves will happily accept the series split I imagine, and it’s on to Arizona tonight.

The funniest thing I ever heard about Los Angeles: From Johnny Carson as Karnak the Magnificient – Answer: Catch-22. Question: What do the Los Angeles Dodgers do with 100 pop flies.