Brave Outlast Dodgers 4-3 to Even Series

Heyward delivered the key blow against the Dodgers

Heyward delivered the key blow against the Dodgers

It felt like a repeat of game 1 when the Los Angeles Dodgers jumped on the Atlanta Braves early.  Again, it was Hanley Ramirez who came through for LA.  He doubled to deep right field in the 1st inning off Braves starter, Mike Minor. Mark Ellis scored to make it 1-0 in favor of the Dodgers.

The Braves tied things up off Grienke in the 2nd inning.  Andrelton Simmons came through with a big 2 out double to score Evan Gattis.  Simmons double tied the game up at 1.

It stayed that way until the Braves could capture the lead in the 4th inning.  With Freddie Freeman on 2nd, Chris Johnson singled into left field.  The Braves grabbed their first lead of the series at 2-1.

It looked as if the Dodgers would tie things up in the top half of the 7th inning.  They had runners on the corners, with only 1 out, as Carl Crawford came up to the plate.  Crawford sent a ball right back to Braves pitcher, Luis Avilan, who turned a double play to end the inning.  The double play that went from Avilan, to Simmons, to Freeman, sent Turner Field into an uproar.  That seemed to spark the Braves as they came to hit in the bottom of the inning.

They opened things up in the 7th inning, after the Dodgers went to their bullpen.  Reed Johnson was walked intentionally to load the bases and set the stage for Jason Heyward. The Dodgers were playing the matchup and it did not work in the favor against Heyward.  Heyward singled to center field to score both B.J. Upton (pinch running for McCann), and Chris Johnson.

The Dodgers cut into the deficit in the 8th inning.  The inning started off with David Carpenter walking Mark Ellis. Somehow, Hanley Ramirez was able to put one over the left field fence that barely stayed fair.  The 2-run homer wiped out the Braves 7th inning and made it only a 4-3 Braves lead.  Carpenter struck out Adrian Gonzalez, and Yasiel Puig, before giving way to Braves closer, Craig Kimbrel.

With 1 out in the 9th, the Dodgers got the tying run on base.  Dee Gordon tried to get into scoring position and was thrown out by Gerald Laird.  Kimbrel also walked Andre Either, to give the Dodgers another tying run on base.  Kimbrel then struck out Carl Crawford to end the game, and give the Braves a 4-3 win in game 2 of the series.

The win for the Braves ties the NLDS up at 1-1, heading into the game 3 on Sunday, in Los Angeles.

Enough cannot be said for the job Mike Minor did in game 2.  He was not the sharpest we have seen him, but he kept the Braves in the game.  He did a great job pitching out of trouble.  Seems like Mike Minor read James Thurn’s article for earlier today, as he pitched really well in game 2.

Hopefully, the Braves will carry the momentum from tonight into game 3 on Sunday.  Julio Teheran will take on Hyun-Jin Ryu, in the matchup of pitchers on Sunday.  Game 3 is scheduled to start at 8:07.