Game 1 of the NLDS started with a bang for the Atlanta Braves but things quickly changed after Medlen struck out the side in the top of the first. The Braves knew it was going to be a tough task to take down Clayton Kershaw, and that ended up being an understatement. After Kershaw toed the rubber in the bottom of the second, with the lead, he never looked back. The Cy Young candidate lived up to all the hype, as he went seven innings, allowing only three hits, one earned run, three walks, and twelve strikeouts.
You can’t be better than that on the road in the playoffs.
Even as painful as it was to watch the Braves take that beating last night, I wouldn’t give up hope. The Braves weren’t supposed to win that game last night. There may have been some true homers that thought the Braves should legitimately win that game, and maybe you are one of them, but most baseball people knew better. Kershaw is one of the most dominating pitchers in today’s game. He makes life miserable for every hitter he faces. Kris Medlen would have had to pitch the game of his life, maybe of his career, to win that game last night.
Don’t lose hope, even if you feel like you are in a 50-foot hole in the middle of a desert with no ladder. This Atlanta Braves’ lineup can come back tonight and make this series interesting. All it takes is a little bloop single to start a rally, or a big home run to get this team going. We all know that baseball can change in a drop of a hat, with the smallest things making a difference. Tonight, those things just have to go the Braves way.
Minor takes the hill in the biggest game of his career to date. It’s a must win for the Bravos and everyone knows it. If Minor can pitch a gem and the Braves can get in the head of Greinke early, I think they can even this series up. There is pressure with every pitch, every swing, and every throw. It’s October and it’s time to rise to the occasion. This is why they play the game!