The two best teams in the National League were back at it this evening as the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers went to battle once again.
On the mound for the Braves was Mike Foltynewicz who has struggled this season.
The opening inning started off on a sour note for Folty as Ozzie Albies committed an error to put Joc Pederson on-base, but Freddie Freeman came to his rescue with a marvelous snag off a line drive from Max Muncy while also stepping on first base to double off Pederson.
Folty then struck out Cody Bellinger and the night was underway.
On the mound for the Dodgers was early Cy Young candidate Hyun-Jin Ryu and he was as good as advertised. His night began with a 1-2-3 easy first inning and he was off to the races as well.
The Braves were first to scratch in the bottom of the third inning. They were able to string together a double by Adeiny Hechavarria, a walk by Ronald Acuna Jr. and the big blow was a two-RBI double from Ozzie Albies which put Atlanta up 2-0.
The Dodgers responded right away though. In the top of the fourth Matt Beaty led off with a solo homer against Folty that cut the lead to 2-1, but Mike was able to hold serve and hold the lead going into the fifth inning.
Los Angeles continued to grind, and finally were able to get the game tied again in the top of the fifth. Justin Turner was walked to lead off the inning and came around to roost on another RBI from Beaty (Single).
With the game tied Atlanta finally was able to break through again in the bottom of the sixth as Josh Donaldson and the recently recalled Adam Duvall hit back-to-back jacks that stretched the lead back out to 4-2.
The Braves then turned things over to their bullpen, and they were simply magnificent tonight. Sean Newcomb was the first man up and he turned in 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball.
Atlanta then hit a snag when Luke Jackson entered the game and allowed a solo homer to Max Muncy which made things really tight at 4-3. Jackson was able to make some gigantic pitches though and wiggled his way out of further damage.
Shane Greene had the eighth inning and turned in his best performance of the season by striking out all three batters he faced. Greene really is starting to come around and look like the guy Atlanta gave up real prospects for.
Then it was all up to Mark Melancon to close things out. After getting his first two batters with relative ease, Justin Turner ripped a ball down the third base line which was speared by Josh Donaldson, but he had no play. The final batter was Bellinger and he represented the winning run, but in a way we haven’t seen all season, Melancon went right after him and induced a pop-out to third to win it 4-3.
This is obviously a huge win for the Braves as they now know for sure that they have all of the talent to beat the Dodgers. This could spark a huge end of season run, and with the Phillies losing tonight, this game only tastes sweeter. Stay tuned for more as the Braves look to WIN the series tomorrow.