ARLINGTON, Texas – For a series of National League championships that seem to like the liveliness of the incredible, even that was unusual. It was the ninth inning of Game 2, and the Atlanta Braves, second baseman Ozzy Albis, pulled a quick ball to the center left. The ball flew over the fence ̵
The topic of the unbelievability of Monday to Tuesday was not limited to the soothing cosplay player. The brave again defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers. The same Dodgers who only lost four times this year. The same Dodgers, who entered this series in Las Vegas as 70% favorites, the third highest percentage in LCS in two decades, although Atlanta similarly suffered a rough step over its opponents from the wild-card and the division.
There is only one undefeated team left in this post-season and that is the “Brave”, whose victory from 8 to 7 is the seventh in a row NL record to start the playoffs – and far more convincing than the final result. The Dodgers tattooed Josh Tomlin, Braves’ boy, on three tracks in the ninth inning before Melanson went around a mistake and a three-pointer to record a one-time save. Entering the ninth, Atlanta held an 8-3 lead and was prepared to post reverse victories with at least four tracks against the Dodgers. In four games during the regular season, the Dodgers were 23-3.
In other words, the Brave are doing to the Dodgers what the Dodgers did to everyone else this year.
“There’s no reason for anyone to take their feet off the gas,” Melancon said. “No one has won anything yet.”
Melancon’s attention is understandable, and yet what he and his 27 teammates did in the first two NLCS games is what none of the other nine Western Division teams, nor the Milwaukee Brewers, could do to the Dodgers: make them to look human. Los Angeles finished the regular season 43-17, a pace of 116 wins in a typical season. The Dodgers hit, the Dodgers climbed, and the Dodgers stood up, an orchestral combination of talent. Their depth strengthened them in attack and supported them in the bull. It wasn’t just a good team. It was a great team.
And it still can be, although the hole from which Los Angeles is to be dug has grown alarmingly deep on Tuesday. The day had begun with the Dodgers, who had been scratching starter Clayton Kershaw from his scheduled start due to a back spasm. Los Angeles picked up rookie Tony Gonsolin, whom the Braves knocked out for five runs for 4⅓ innings, while their own starter Ian Anderson got in trouble and threw four innings for exclusion to extend his off-season off-season to 15⅔.
The Atlanta routine was familiar: a dose of power from future MVP Freddie Freeman, who for the second day in a row hosts to bring the Braves ahead 2-0, and bend and bend and bend – do not interrupt the boarding of their staff . At the peak of the seventh inning, when Atlanta held 7-0, the team’s lead after the season was 0.84.
That the Braves continued to give up more tracks in the next three innings (seven) than in the first 6 първите games (six) was not exactly ideal, but then the Dodgers’ somnambulism could not be expected to continue. As much as the Braves are – as worthy an opponent as they have proven – the idea that Los Angeles will roll over does not resonate with Atlanta.
“I didn’t feel good with a big lead because these guys are too powerful,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker. “It’s a good ball game to win. They’re all there already.”
Not only do the brave win, but so do they. Atlanta entered the season with two clear starting steels: Max Fried, their thriving ace, and Anderson, who didn’t even make his debut until Aug. 26, and entered the playoffs with six major league starts. The Braves boasted a deep and underrated bull that showed no crack, let alone a crack, until Corey Seeger hosted three times in the seventh on Tuesday and Max Muncie fired a double in the ninth.
What had prompted Atlanta after the brutal Achilles tear of young ace Mike Soroka and countless other flaws was his lineup, with Ronald Acuna Jr. and Marcel Ozuna and Travis d’Arno and Albis and especially Freeman.
“He just keeps repeating why he’s an MVP, right?” said Melancon. “Freddie is one of the most consistent players I’ve ever seen, I’ve played who I’ve been with. That’s exactly what he is. If there’s one word to sum it up, it’s consistency.”
Funny, this word also sums up Dodgers 2020. Snitker called them a group that “went through these wars” and whether losing the 2017 or 2018 World Series or imploding in a series of divisions against eventual champion Washington Citizens last season, the Dodgers understood the trouble .
So when their manager, Dave Roberts, said, “We’re showing life late – it was really nice to see,” it sounded more of a prognosis than a payer. Since Fried and Anderson are not available for games 3 and 4, the Dodgers will find their start. Roberts said he expects to send Kershaw to Game 4 on Thursday, although the first Los Angeles must compete in Game 3 with 25-year-old Kyle Wright, who in his first playoff start threw six innings on a maut against the Miami Marlins and won the divisional series.
Not once this year have the Dodgers missed three games in a row, an impressive feat that illustrates how good they have been and why they consider their progress in the World Series so great. The brave ended this conversation and another victory would greatly contribute to ending the NLCS.
“We hope,” said Melancon, “[Wednesday] the night is three in a row. “
In fact, he was talking about catching another home ball of Albis. But if the mood is for the Dodgers instead, he will gladly leave the game again to an outside player.