The Los Angeles offense got its motor running early in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday night when Joc Pederson took Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz deep to center field in the bottom of the first inning. From there, it was a night of domination for the NL West Champs, as the Dodgers blanked the Braves, 6-0.
After Pederson was hit by a pitch and Justin Turner walked in the bottom of the second frame, Max Muncy launched a shot to deep center field, extending the Los Angeles lead to four runs. Enrique Hernandez, in the role of the primary second baseman, connected on a long ball to center field which stretched the lead to five in the bottom of the sixth.
Not to be overshadowed by the muscle of the offense, starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was nothing short of brilliant. The lefty threw seven shutout innings while surrendering just four hits. He walked none and struck out eight batters.
Atlanta posed a light threat in the top of the fifth inning when Ender Inciarte and Charlie Culberson hit back-to-back singles with two outs; however, Ryu came right back and coaxed a Kurt Suzuki flyout to right to end the inning.
The Dodgers exploited Foltynewicz early, so much so that Braves manager Brian Snitker yanked his starter after two innings, seemingly opting for a strategic move, bringing in southpaw Sean Newcomb to face a primarily left-handed hitting Los Angeles lineup. But it wouldn’t matter, as Atlanta was unable to mount any type of significant offensive attack the entire evening.
In total, the Braves used six different pitchers.
In relief of Ryu, Caleb Ferguson pitched a perfect eighth inning. Alex Wood, despite allowing two baserunners with two outs, combined with Dylan Floro to toss a scoreless ninth and secure the shutout.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:37 PM Los Angeles time.