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.
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.