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Braves tie it up against Dodgers in Game 4 of NLDS

Oct 7, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

Evan Gattis AP AP

The Dodgers stormed out to an early 2-0 lead against Freddy Garcia behind a pair of solo homers from Carl Crawford, but the Braves are fighting back against Clayton Kershaw. With an assist from the Dodgers’ defense, anyway.

After Freddie Freeman singled to lead off the top of the fourth inning, Adrian Gonzalez made a throwing error on a grounder from Evan Gattis. Kershaw then threw a wild pitch which allowed Freeman and Gattis to move up a base. The southpaw recovered to strike out Brian McCann looking, but then he gave up a run-scoring single to Chris Johnson. The Braves tied it after Andrelton Simmons hit what appeared to be a double-play grounder, but Mark Ellis made a wide throw to Gonzalez at first base. This inning will not go on the Dodgers’ highlight reel for the season.

We’re headed to the top of the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium with the score tied at 2-2.

  1. Anoesis - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Mattingly took a big risk starting Kershaw on short rest. Sure, there’s a Barve or two who’ve hit Nolasco pretty good, but if the Dodgers don’t win this one they go back to Atlanta without their ace on the mound.

    Clayton started out a bit wild, bouncing his curve in front of the plate, then seemed to settle down somewhat. That throwing error on a routine double play was painful to watch.

    If the Bums lost with Nolasco pitching tonight they’d still have Kershaw for game 5. I suppose Donny figures Greinke can get it done if necessary. Here’s hoping it ain’t necessary.

    Kudos to Garcia for pitching well into the sixth, only giving up two runs on solo shots by Crawford.

  2. liverpoolred04 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Wow, great analysis, I would never have known any of this till I scrolled down to the comments.

  3. emdash01 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Woeful Dodgers defense and Mattingly putting in the dreadful Belisario have all but gifted the Braves with 3 runs. It’s like they’re trying their hardest to give this game away.

  4. spacemaker101 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I would say the baseball gods are on the braves side thus far

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