Dodgers Fail to Capitalize on Momentum, Fall 10-2 to Braves in Game 4

Game 4 started off much differently than Game 3, in more than one way. Game time temperature was about 30 degrees less, with wind gusts up to 22 MPH blowing in from centerfield. The Dodgers also failed to score in their first two innings, and couldn’t muster more than two runs.

It was completely typical of the October Dodgers, however. Clayton Kershaw was left in a little too long, he got no run support, and the offense couldn’t hit a rookie pitcher. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The Braves were hoping to get three innings from their starter Bryse Wilson. Instead, he pitched six innings of one-hit baseball. The Los Angeles offense of Game 3 was nowhere to be found.

The Dodgers went down 1-2-3 in the first inning on only nine pitches. Mookie Betts had a hard-hit fly ball, but it died in the wind.

Kershaw allowed leadoff single to Ronald Acuña, but recovered to strike out Freddie Freeman, and got Marcell Ozuna to hit into a double play.

Edwin Rios started off the third with a long home run to right field. Two groundouts to shortstop and a fly out to short center then followed, ending the inning.

The Braves got a solo home run of their own off the bat of Ozuna in the bottom of the fourth. Kershaw walked Travis d’Arnaud, but again got out of the inning with minimal damage.

In the bottom of the six, Acuña hit a infield chopper that was overthrown by Kiké Hernandez, resulting in a runner on second with no outs. Freeman followed with a double, and Atlanta took the lead. Ozuna followed with another double, and the Braves led, 3-1.

Brusdar Graterol came in to relieve Kershaw. He allowed three hits, and the Braves took a 6-1 lead. October baseball for the Dodgers. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Victor Gonzalez was brought in to replace Graterol with one out, runners on first and second. He allowed one more Atlanta run to score, and it was a 7-1 lead going into the seventh.

Will Smith came in to relieve Wilson in the seventh. Justin Turner and Max Muncy both reached. A.J. Pollock flew out to right, advancing Turner. Cody Bellinger walked, loading the bases for pinch hitter Will Smith. The Braves’ Smith was removed in favor of Chris Martin, depriving us all of a Will Smith vs. Will Smith matchup.

Rios flew out to right, scoring Turner from third. Muncy took third on the throw, leaving runners at the corners for pinch hitter Matt Beaty. Smith lined one up the middle, but because of the shift, it was the third out, and bases were again left stranded. 7-2, Braves.

Dylan Floro came in for the bottom of the seventh, and promptly gave up a solo home run to Ozuna. He retired the next three in order.

Tyler Matzek came in for the eighth and allowed a two out double to Turner, but nothing else. The Dodger offense lay stagnant.

Jake McGee came in for the bottom of the eighth, and allowed three more runs. The Dodgers bullpen fell apart when they needed them most. The Dodgers lost, 10-2.

And October is a never ending rotating record for Dodger fans.

15 thoughts on “Dodgers Fail to Capitalize on Momentum, Fall 10-2 to Braves in Game 4

  1. And the beat goes on. Barring a miracle over the next 3 days, LA will head home dissapointed again. I still think the season was a success. You have to get there first, and they have gotten close. Who knows how different the story might be had they had Price too. Or if CK could have pitched the second game. Might have been a closer game and the late inning rally would not have fallen short. But that is enough with the what ifs. The fact is, the pressure on this team to win now is tremendous. They won 8 straight games before the Braves beat them in game one. Including 5 straight in the playoffs. Yeah, the Brewers were not on the level that the Padres and Braves are, but they beat them just the same. Tomorrows game for Atlanta will be a bullpen game. That is not going to change. I think they win tomorrow behind May. Then Buehler would pitch game six. And Johnny Allstaff if they got to game 7. Everything that could go wrong went wrong tonight. The baseball gods were not on our side. Acuna’s bouncer over the mound and Kike’s error opened Pandora’s box. And baseball players on the Braves proved it is not impossible to hit Graterol’s fastball. And then with the sacks jammed, Will Smith hits a bullet right at someone, and a rally is snuffed. Atlanta smelled blood in the water and feasted on it. And having now seen both Fried and Anderson, you would have to believe the Dodger hitters will take a different approach. I do not think they are just going to roll over for the Braves. They never did figure out Wilson. I think they will be more aggressive tomorrow, because now, for the first time this post season, they are on the brink, and they have pride on the line.

    1. Pride is not something the dodgers normally exhibit in the post-season. Its not over so we’ll see how they respond

      1. Well, they had better have some today. No, it is not over, and they have won 3 in a row before. It is suck it up time that is for sure.

  2. Life intervenes like it always does, my sons mom passed away this morning about 2 am. My thoughts today will be for him, not the Dodgers fortunes.

    1. Really sorry to hear your news Bear. You’re right, sometimes life smacks us upside the head and reminds us that Dodger victories aren’t the most important thing in life. My condolences.

  3. I’m sorry to hear that Bear. I got word that the girl I dated throughout high school and college was killed in a car accident Wednesday night and I feel like a terrible person for not being able to make it back home to Louisiana in time for the funeral. I’ll keep your son in my mind. I’m lucky enough to still have my mother around even if I can’t see her as often as I would like but something like this really makes you think that’s for sure.

    1. Kenley looked fantastic. Need to somehow avoid using him today so he’s fresher for tomorrow 🤞

      1. That’s going to be a tough decision based on how he looked last night. What if you save him for tomorrow and tomorrow doesn’t happen?
        That’s why I’m glad Doc has to make those decisions. I get to make mine after the fact and I’m never wrong.
        I’m just glad they came to play last night and didn’t go out with a whimper.

      2. Yes they’d need a big lead to not have to use him. Doubtful with Fried pitching. I just hope they carry the momentum into this game like they didn’t into Game 4

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