The Braves overcame a 4 – 2 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th, then walked it off on Eddie Rosario‘s 2 out RBI single in the 9th. The Braves have walked off consecutive games in the 9th, and lead the series 2 games to 0.
Rosario went 4 for 5, and in addition to the game winner, started off the critical 8th inning rally with a single. Eddie took 2nd on a Freddie Freeman fly ball to left, then scored on an Ozzie Albies single to right. It was aggressive baserunning so late in the game with 1 out and a 2 run deficit, but a perfect slide made the difference. An Austin Riley double later, and the Braves had tied the score. All the damage was charged to Julio Urias, pitching in relief in between starts.
Travis d’Arnaud led off the decisive 9th with a bloop single off Brusdar Graterol, however Dansby Swanson‘s attempted sacrifice forced pinch runner Cristian Pache at 2nd. Guillermo Heredia‘s attempt to hit resulted in the desired dribbler, however, and Swanson took 2nd as Heredia was put out. Kenley Jansen relieved Graterol, and Rosario smoked the first pitch up the middle, eating up Corey Seager and into center field. In the 3rd inning on the 18th of May, there might have been some thought as to charging that as an error, but there was no way any home scorer was going to be deny a playoff game winning hit on that clutch smite.
Anderson lasted only 3 innings, and Dodgers starter Max Scherzer left after 4 1/3, with what he described as a “dead arm.” To get through 6 innings, the Braves were going to have to turn to some pitchers they have heretofore tried to stay away from in the playoffs, but Jacob Webb worked around a walk in the 6th with some 2 out help from Tyler Matzek, and Chris Martin pitched an uneventful 8th.
It was in between off Matzek and Luke Jackson that the Dodgers took their final lead. A Matzek walk to Mookie Betts led to a stolen base and an intentional walk to Will Smith. Jackson relieved, and hit Justin Turner with a pitch to load the bases. Chris Taylor then dumped a blooper in front of Heredia, who had replaced Adam Duvall in center as part of a double switch. Heredia whiffed on the first bounce, resulting in 2 runs and a charitable double.
Jesse Chavez and A.J. Minter continued their good playoff work in the 4th and 5th. Our Will Smith picked up the win, picking up a pair of strikeouts after Trea Turner pinned Rosario’s back to the left field fence in making the 1st out.