And that’s the difference between the L.A. and Atlanta. One team has a bullpen that can be relied upon, and the other is the Braves.
Atlanta led for most of the game, as Mike Soroka did yeoman’s work in holding down the Dodger offense. He surrendered a solo shot to Cody Bellinger in the second, which is going to happen. But, the Braves answered back in the bottom of the inning with three off Kenta Maeda. Matt Joyce singled in Josh Donaldson and Ender Inciarte, who reinjured his hamstring on the play. Ronald Acuna Jr added the third run when he singled in Adeiny Hechavarria.
Soroka gave one back in the top of the 3rd, when Joc Pederson singled in Matt Beaty to make it 3-2. Soroka then settled down and cruised through the 4th and 5th. He got into one out trouble in the 6th, with a Justin Turner single followed by a Bellinger double. After a Corey Seager walk, he induced a double play grounder from Edwin Rios to escape the jam.
Unfortunately, the Braves were giving us a textbook example of Hibernation Mode. Maeda Hulked up and struck out seven straight Braves. With two down in the 5th, he finally gave up a hit to Donaldson and a walk to Brian McCann, so Dave Roberts went to the pen. Adam Kolarek came in and retired Rafael Ortega, who had taken Ender’s place.
In the 7th, Soroka walked the lead off man, but immediately got a double play to erase him. But with two down, A.J. Pollock pinch hit and singled. With Pederson due up, and having gone 2-2 against Soroka, Snit went to his pen for Sean Newcomb. Walk, three run homer to Max Muncy, solo shot to Justin Turner, and Atlanta was down and all but out.
The Dodgers brougt in Julio Urias, who pitched the last three innings for the save, while Atlanta had Jerry Blevins come in and surrender a two run shot in the 8th to Will Smith for the final tallies.