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Dodgers take an early lead over the Braves in NLDS Game 2 on Hanley Ramirez’s RBI double

Oct 4, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

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Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez put his team up early over the Braves when he drove home A.J. Ellis from first base on a line drive double to right field off of Alex Wood in the top of the first inning in NLDS Game 2. It was a 2-2 fastball that Minor left up. Right fielder Justin Upton retrieved the ball and fired it into the infield as fast as he could, but cut-off man Elliott Johnson dropped the ball in the exchange, allowing Ellis to score without a throw.

In the bottom half of the first, Dodgers starter Zack Greinke retired the Braves in order, needing just 10 pitches to get through Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Freddie Freeman.

The Braves are by no means out of this but they’re on the back foot after losing Game 1 by a 6-1 margin.

  1. liverpoolred04 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    So he hit an RBI double and scored at the same time?

  2. daveitsgood - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Is anyone else bothered by how horribly inaccurate TBS’ pitchtrax location thing seems to be?

    • apkyletexas - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      That’s the secret to how Ted Turner built the Braves into a dynasty. He messed with the fake TV strike zone trackers.

    • Jeff M. - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Yes! I keep thinking, “wow, that was way outside,” and then the batter strikes out. The Gameday tracker is MUCH better than the TBS tracker.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I just don’t see how the Braves who are a HR do or die kind of team with a ton of strikeouts can beat the dodgers pitching staff. When Grienke is your number 2 and even if you some how can pull out a win or two you get Kershaw once more. This team is solid all around pitching, offense, bullpen. They are built to make it to the world series.

  4. apkyletexas - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Puig is 0-1 tonight with one runner left on base, and just now he was out of position defensively and let a ball go over his head for a run-scoring double.

    Clearly the wheels are falling off fast for this young rookie. Such a sad story.

    • apkyletexas - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Oh no, and now he’s the first strikeout victim of the night. By the end of the week, he’ll probably be out of baseball.

  5. knowlegeforyou - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Elliot Johnson gave them that run with another, what should be, an error

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