Finally! The Braves ended their six game losing skid and the Dodgers nine game win streak in the process.
Julio Teheran faced off against Brock Stewart, who was making his first start for the Dodgers this season. Stewart went just four innings, while Julio went just five, leaving the game with some leg cramps. The Dodgers struck first in this one with another pop by Cody Bellinger off of Teheran in the 2nd inning that scored just himself. Danny Santana answered back with a two-run shot in the bottom of the second that also scored Nick Markakis. The Dodgers would reclaim the lead on a Chase Utley RBI single scoring Yasiel Puig. With the Dodgers leading 3-2, Freddie Freeman came up in a big spot with a runner in scoring position, and he delivered with a knock into center field through the shift to plate Ender Inciarte. From there, it was a battle of the bullpens. They were effective for both teams, including in the 7th inning when Jim Johnson got into a jam and then got out of it with a little help from Rex Brothers, who ended the inning with a strikeout. Then the lightning struck in the 8th inning with Johan Camargo drawing a two out walk, and our catcher delivered in the clutch, but this time it wasn’t Kurt Suzuki….. it was Tyler Flowers delivering a pinch-hit, two-run opposite field shot on the first pitch. It ended in the 9th when Arodys Vizcaino got two fly ball outs and a strikeout to end the game, and Arodys was fired up.
For the Braves, Ozzie Albies went 0-3 with a pair of strikeouts but he drew a walk. Freddie Freeman got back on track, going 2-3 with a pair of singles. The Braves had three players with multi-hit games, while the Dodgers had two. The Braves are improving on what happened against Philly, with a much better bullpen and timely hitting, as they only left three RISP yesterday. For the Dodgers, they had a quiet night from the bats with the exception of Cody Bellinger, who is starting to get hot again. Their one, two and three hitters combined for a 1-10 night, striking out four times. Brock Stewart and Julio Teheran both got no decisions. Rex Brothers got the win and Pedro Baez got the loss. Also, Arodys Vizcaino got his 3rd save of the season. Hopefully the Braves can make him the closer for now if he continues to succeed. The Braves also snapped the Dodgers 54 game winning streak. Los Angeles had won 54 games in a row whenever they had a lead at some point in the ballgame, but they lost that yesterday after having two separate leads.
The two teams face off Thursday night at 7:35 in the the rubber match in the series. The Dodgers will send out ex-Brave Alex Wood and the Braves will go with the rookie Sean Newcomb.
In a bit of bad news on an otherwise stellar night for all MLS soccer fans, Greg Garza went down with an injury last night in the MLS All-Star game versus Real Madrid. They are calling the injury a separated shoulder for now, and Garza could miss up to a month or longer for the United. To read more on the injury click here.