The Braves had a lot of bad baseball this year. But the fifth inning of Friday night’s loss against the Dodgers could be the worst frame of the 2021 season for them so far. They entered that frame with just one lead. And when the time came to a merciless end, they followed. 8-1 innings had everything it took to create a particularly dangerous stew for dreadful baseball: missed defense, relief, relief that couldn’t find a zone. , liberating field walks, and some self-inducing tactical decisions by lobotomy. What I’m saying is that we’re all having fun Friday night, right?
This game really started on a happy note! Ian Anderson faced a minimum in the first with two plays. (Which erased the error, with Austin Riley playing a rover position in the right field on the ground) and Freddie Freeman jumped a 1-2 fastball from Julio Urias to hurl a 423-foot homer over the wall in middle field Giving his side a 1-0 lead, The Braves threatened with a single walk but Ehire Adrianza fired a line at center Cody Bellinger to finish the inning.
Anderson hit the side in a second. and exit the side in the third order He walked two quarters. But with two plays plus a 11-yard battle victory in which he eventually defeated Bellinger, the Dodgers were off the board. The Braves couldn’t scratch anything other than Urias either, although they took second place in each. the second, third and fourth innings.
So we come to the fifth It started with Will Smith (one of the Dodgers) scalding the ball lucky to hit Ronald Acuña Jr in the opening match. Anderson’s control and command really faded at this point. (See both walks in the fourth part) and he issued five free passes to Chris Taylor Gavin Lux, followed by the Dodgers’ first strike, two shots to the right that left the second and third with one. out And then things melt their way down.
With an open base and a pitcher point that is due next time. The Braves were still elected to send Anderson to AJ Pollock, who was reasonably self-defense. Less defensive was Austin’s decision. Riley about A) swinging Pollock’s choppers home and B) actually throwing the ball behind Taylor. Anderson then threw the ball for United. Rias goes to play in the house late. This meant that the Braves gave up both the lead and the draw with a back-to-back ball of 50 feet or more combined. without fail to save On one. Oh, but we’re not done yet. Far from it.
Anderson’s day ended before he faced Los Angeles orders for the third time in the night. credit due This was a good decision, however, asking South Sean Newcombe to face three straight right-backs in a single game. With plenty of right-hand options in foster care… not so much (Albert Pujols replaced Max Muncy at first base after the latter retired due to ankle pain), Newcomb retired the first tackle he faced, receiving a flyout from Mookie Betts, but then he walks to Crab Jols. Then he walked Justin. Turner with base packed And then he walks Cody. Bellinger with the base still loaded. There were two more righteous who had matured. but the brave choose to have one hand Throw them in. While Grant Dayton was relieved, Newcomb Dayton didn’t run, but he surrendered an RBI single to Smith and Taylor cleared two bases. already he walks someone
However, that was a beautiful ball game. Later in the game Edgar Santana came out and threw two goalless innings. which makes both “None of our ordination leftists have to face all these legitimacy,” baffled The Braves had a small rally in eight sessions with Mitch White as the Ender Inciarte single and Acuña came in to rest on the Ozzie Albies double. At Riley split, Adrianza hit a shallow pop to the left that fell when no three Dodgers converging on it could thwart both Albies and Riley’s points, but William Contreras ended up finishing the frame.
Who is Tyler Matzek? to Not used in the fifth field Retiring at home in the small league for Mookie Betts on several grounds as doubles and two puts Betts in LA’s ninth goal, Kenley Jansen led four rounds and had trouble directing early on by both Abraham Almonte. and Ender Inciarte to start the frame. But the Braves never even pulled the rope tied to the plate: Acuña emerged on the pipe cutter, Freeman swung through the sink, and Albies could only fly out to the Bellinger—the pipe cutter, too.
Seriously, the reward is for anyone who can justify Newcomb and Dayton to face all the righteous in the fifth in a really reasonable manner. My only hope for what the Braves are bringing out of this game is that they should be throwing to base more often because the alternatives have worked so badly for them this season.