It was a game dominated by pitching, and boy was it excellent. The game was 1-1 heading into the ninth inning. In the second batter of the game, Freddie Freeman, favorite for NL MVP, hit a homerun off of Dodger starter Walker Buehler and that was all Buehler gave up. While the Braves totaled eight hits, the Dodgers stranded 10 of their baserunners. Buehler struck out seven before handing it to Brusdar Graterol who worked out of a jam. Dustin May went an inning and a third before Victor Gonzalez relieved him and struck out Charlie Culberson to leave the bases loaded. On the Braves side, it was an Enrique Hernandez solo tag that put LA on the board in the bottom of the fifth and that was all Max Fried gave up. Fried went six with 9 Ks, before handing it to Chris Martin and Will Smith, both who pitched scoreless frames.
Then it was Blake Treinen in the eighth. With a heater down the middle, Austin Riley broke the tie turning on a 98 mph fastball.
Ronald Acuna Jr. followed with a double and was driven in on a Marcell Ozuna single. Ozzie Albies then made it academic.
They even had a little good luck from arguably the greatest arm in Atlanta Brave history:
Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 shutdown inning in the bottom of the ninth and the Braves take the first game. The Braves tomorrow will throw out rookie Ian Anderson, who has yet to give up a run this postseason in two starts. He will be opposed by the greatest of this generation, former NL MVP Clayton Kershaw. The Braves have not lost a game this postseason.
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