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Sloppy defense allows Braves to tie, but Dodgers quickly retake lead in third

Oct 6, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

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Carl Crawford delivered a gut-punch to the Braves in the bottom of the second, sending a three-run home run over the fence in right field to put the Dodgers up 4-2, but starter Hyun-Jin Ryu and some sloppy defense allowed the Braves to quickly tie the game at four apiece in the top of the third. But the relentless Dodger offense continued their assault to retake the lead.

Leading off the top of the third inning against Justin Upton, Ryu quickly fell behind 3-0, but battled back to 3-2 before Upton laced a line drive to center for a single. Freddie Freeman followed up with a single of his own, putting runners at first and second with nobody out. At the end of an 11-pitch at-bat that included seven foul balls, Gattis blooped a single to center to load the bases for Brian McCann. McCann hit a weak ground ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who fired to second to attempt a double play, but when shortstop Hanley Ramirez fired to Ryu covering first, Ryu couldn’t find the bag with his foot. Upton scored on the play, bringing the score to 4-3 in favor of the Dodgers.

Ryu made another miscue against Chris Johnson. The Braves third baseman hit a weak dribbler that bounced a few feet down the first base line. Ryu dashed off the mound, picked up the ball and fired home in an attempt to get Freeman, but the throw was a couple seconds too late. The gaffe allowed the Braves to tie the game at four-all. Andrelton Simmons mercifully grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. Ryu is at 68 pitches through three innings.

The Dodgers continued attacking the Braves, however, retaking the lead in the bottom half of the third. Hanley Ramirez doubled to lead off the inning against Braves starter Julio Teheran. Adrian Gonzalez promptly knocked him in with a line drive single to left, putting the Dodgers back on top 5-4. Yasiel Puig beat out a double play attempt by the Braves infield, then advanced to second base on a throwing error by Johnson. Juan Uribe struck out for the second out of the inning, but Skip Schumaker gave the Dodgers some insurance with a line drive single to left field, scoring Puig to put the Dodgers up 6-4. A.J. Ellis then lined a single to right field, bringing Ryu to the plate.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pinch-hit Michael Young for Ryu, ending his night. His line: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K on 68 pitches. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez brought in Alex Wood in relief of Teheran, ending his starter’s night. Teheran’s line: 2.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K on 66 pitches. Wood struck out Young to, at long last, end the third inning.

All in all, an eventful third inning in Game 3 of the NLDS. This game could have a huge impact on the final two games (if necessary) of the series since both teams will need at least six innings out of their respective bullpens to get through the night.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    I love these knockdown, drag-em-out affairs as long as they stay close. I’m not a big fan of blowouts (unless they get totally ridiculous). More popcorn, ma!

    • Old Gator - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      So much for my preferences. Bums tattooed Wood in the 4th – it’s 10-4 Eleanor, and yes, defoliating a victory garden does work up an appetite.

    • Anoesis - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      10-4 now. Ramirez seems to have made a 180-degree turn from the days in Miami when he was called a clubhouse cancer and worse. You wouldn’t think someone would need a change of scenery from a place like South Florida, but then again you poor souls have Loria as an owner.

      • NatsLady - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        I remember when Hanley used to crush the Nats, before he got all disillusioned and stuff.

      • elmo - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        You can file Hanley’s attitude adjustment under “winning breeds chemistry.”

  2. happytwinsfan - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    i’m trying really hard to hate the big dodger payroll, but somthin about dat dodger blue

    • Old Gator - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Yeah, it’s the same color as the exposed flesh of a Minnesotan in February.

  3. jya87 - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    The decision to put Capuano on the roster seems to be paying off for the Dodgers.

  4. Anoesis - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    13-4 blowout. Barves didn’t give up more than 10 in a game all season. Wish the Bums could bank some of those for tomorrow.

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