ATLANTA – Clayton Kershaw passed more routes than he had in any of his previous 14 starts against Atlanta and Ozzy Albis extended his extra-base series on time. But it was the work of a more than capable bull, which proved to be the most promising development since the Braves’ 6-4 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday night at Twist Park.
Braves’ fixture, which has become a strong liability since last season, secured four unsuccessful innings after Charlie Morton managed to limit the damage to five innings. The solid relief work supported the two-time doubles Albis and Dunsby Swanson, who competed in the five-time third against Kershaw.
Kershaw allowed more runs during this one inning than in any of his previous 1
Unlike the last two seasons, no one has felt safe. But apart from the series’ ugly loss on Friday, the Braves saw the potential of their bulls as AJ Minter, Luke Jackson, Tyler Matzek, Chris Martin and Will Smith came together to allow just one goal in the last four innings.
Albis’ double gave him an additional hit in five consecutive games and, more importantly, provoked a riot that overcame the three-time fourth that the Dodgers announced against Morton. But the last four innings are the most important for a team that entered Saturday with 14 NLP losses and eight saves.