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Braves jump ahead of Dodgers on run-scoring single from Jose Constanza

Oct 8, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

Jose Constanza AP AP

The Braves have relied on a cast of unlikely heroes to take the lead over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS this evening.

After Ronald Belisario took over for Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning, he gave up a one-out triple to Elliot Johnson down the right field line. Yasiel Puig went into a slide to field the ball in the corner, possibly in an attempt to make a throw to second base, but the ball skipped past him and Johnson was able to scamper to third base. Pinch-hitter Jose Constanza, yes that Jose Constanza, then followed with a go-ahead RBI single to center to give the Braves the lead. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then turned to J.P. Howell, who was able to wiggle out of a jam to keep the damage to the minimum, but the Braves lead it 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh.

For all the concern about Freddy Garcia starting tonight, he turned in a very respectable outing, allowing two runs over six innings while striking out six batters. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will turn to his bullpen to hold the lead and keep the Braves’ season afloat.

  1. jya87 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Nice point by the commentators: Gonzales’ pair of errors and the inability to turn the DP in the 4th added 15-20 pitches to Kershaw’s count. That’s at least another inning of work that instead went to Belisario.

    • Jeff M. - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Kershaw’s already going on short rest, he doesn’t need any dumb defensive maneuvers behind him extending innings and making him throw more than he has to.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Caption: I shall bunt it unto left field for the RBI single!

  3. spacemaker101 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    This is why we chop!

    • franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      Hopefully L.A. Can pull this one out and I’m a giants fan. Fear the beard!

  4. spacemaker101 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Is anyone going to do an article on puig costing the dodgers a run?

    • Jeff M. - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      Only if they lose. And since Uribe absolutely destroyed that ball for a two run HR (Puig was on base after hitting a single), the Dodgers are up by one with Kenley Jansen on the mound.

  5. Jeff M. - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:48 AM


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