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Dodgers finish off Braves in four games, advance to NLCS

Oct 8, 2013, 1:09 AM EDT

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The Dodgers have punched their ticket to the NLCS.

Thanks to some late-inning heroics from Juan Uribe, the Dodgers defeated the Braves 4-3 tonight at Dodger Stadium to finish off the NLDS in four games. This will be the franchise’s 10th trip to the NLCS and their first since 2009.

The Dodgers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind a pair of solo homers from Carl Crawford, but the Braves found their way back into the game behind a pair of defensive miscues in the top of the fourth inning. Clayton Kershaw did fine on short rest, allowing two unearned runs over six innings, but Freddy Garcia matched him for the most part. Atlanta would eventually take the lead in the top of the seventh inning via an RBI single from Jose Constanza, but the Dodgers pulled ahead for good when Uribe took David Carpenter deep for a dramatic two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. The go-ahead homer was set up on a double by Yasiel Puig. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth inning to lock down the victory.

While the Dodgers have advanced, they’ll won’t know their opponent until the Pirates and Cardinals square off in Game 5 of their series on Wednesday. The NLCS is set to begin on Friday and Zack Greinke should be lined up for the assignment.

  1. jlovenotjlo - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    In thinking about Uribe and the Dodgers, have that many ballplayers won a World Series title with three teams – spread through both leagues? That would be quite an accomplishment especially since he will have played a pretty decent role on all three teams. Congrats Dodgers.

  2. thebadguyswon - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Just like clockwork. Every fall….same thing.

  3. chaseutley - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Bad night for Atlanta sports.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      On behalf of America, f**k the chop!

  4. Old Gator - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    It’s okay – McCann and Johnson will find lots to whine about in the orfseason. There are unwritten rules to transgress everywhere they look. Spots on their drinking glasses. Tsk. A kid staring too long at a plane passing overhead. Tsk. Someone jaywalking. Tsk, tsk. Yes, they’ll find more than enough outlets for their righteous indignation between now and February. Have a nice winter, guys.

    • Jeff M. - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      I’m just picturing rosy-cheeked McCann yelling at some bewildered kid for looking at a Southwest flight. “Hey kid! Yeah, you! That’s bush league. Act like you’ve been here before.”

      • kevinbnyc - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        McCann refusing to move out of the way in a crosswalk, causing a jaywalker to be hit by a bus.

  5. spacemaker101 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    F**k you

    • Jeff M. - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      What’s your problem?

      • Old Gator - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:59 AM

        Um….that he can’t spell “fuck”?

      • Anoesis - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        The coffeemaker was caught in the utensil drawer: Fork you!

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Other than A-Rod is there a more “look at me” player than Brian Wilson? Screams at the Giants team president last week about something they already attempted to give him, and tonight taking off his jersey and hat to show off his cutoff t-shirt and mullet mohawk while celebrating what should be a team moment. He can still pitch but his act has worn thin.

    • Jeff M. - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      I’m fairly certain that Nick Punto tore Wilson’s shirt off of him. Wilson was the pitcher of record when Uribe hit that decisive HR. Pretty funny that two former Giants World Series heroes just helped the Dodgers get to NLCS.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:42 AM

        If you’re correct about Punto then I stand corrected. His eccentric personality has still gotten old to me though.

      • Jeff M. - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:48 AM

        No worries. Tearing off jerseys is kinda Punto’s thing.

        I’m with you on Wilson, though. When he was a Giant, I thought he was an annoying ass-hat. Now that he’s a Dodger, he’s our annoying ass-hat. Big difference!

      • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:52 AM

        Ha! Thats certainly fair. We all have had players we love while the rest of the fans out there hate.

    • phillyfrank - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:19 AM

      When I saw Wilson with his cap off, I expected him to go off in search of Smaug.

  7. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Time for the Atlanta fan base to stuff those foam tomahawks where the sun don’t shine.

  8. dougtucson - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    I was apprehensive about using Kershaw with little rest, but he gave up no earned runs in 6 innings, so that worked, and it is sure nice to have another guy who throws pretty good waiting to start the NLCS.

  9. teamo68 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Another crushing Atlanta playoff defeat. Must be October.

    • nbjays - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      But how could they lose??

      They are (to use Indaburg’s wonderful phrase) Team America: Baseball Police.
      They have Brian McCann, the Enforcer of the Unwritten Rules.
      They are “old school”.
      They play the game the right way.
      How could they lose?

      Oh yeah, they suck at postseason play. Sorry, forgot that part.

      Congrats to the Dodgers.

  10. 11thstreetmafia - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    It was satisfying to see Brian McCann lose.

    • thebadguyswon - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      Yes it was. Self-important douchebag that he is.

  11. wwttww - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    It’s not crushing. Throughout the years your system builds a tolerance. You are literally over it minutes after it happens every year.

  12. acdc84 - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    How crazy is it that Atlanta has three guys that go by the first name of Freddie?? I dont think I personally know any “Fred”s let alone guys that go by “Freddie”. But sure enough, Atlanta has a 1st baseman, a starting pitcher and even a manager, all of which were pretty solid in the series…

  13. John Young - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Reblogged this on Transparent Christina.

  14. mgdodgers - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    …. still feel like I’m owed an apology from the “KERSHAW CAN’T START ON THREE DAYS REST” whiners & pansies

    • ptfu - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Just because it ended up working in their favor doesn’t mean it wasn’t an unnecessary risk at the time.

      And why do you think YOU are owed an apology? Don Mattingly, is that you?

      • davidpom50 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Hmm… maybe “mgdodgers” stands for “ManaGer of the Dodgers.”

        It really IS Donnie!

  15. omniusprime - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    What a wonderful series by the Dodgers, some really impressive batting from a team that prides itself on great pitching. I was a tad worried about Mattingly deciding to start Kershaw in game 4 but this is the playoffs and he was right in wanting to win in LA rather than go back to Atlanta. Kershaw looks much more impressive than he did 4 or 5 years ago in the playoffs.

    Wow the batting averages for the Dodgers was eye popping, several over .400 and even .500. Some new Dodger stars in Hanley Ramierz, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Juan Uribe. It will be nice to have Andre Ethier back on the field for the next series, a shame that Matt Kemp can’t play.

    I like the Dodger’s chances to go to the World Series since they feasted on non-Western division teams so either the Cards or the Pirates won’t be able to beat the Dodgers.

    Go Dodgers!!!

  16. bravojawja - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Bad, bad night for Atlanta sports. The Braves lost in the 8th to get knocked out of the playoffs (again). The Falcons lost on a last-second field goal to the Jets (the frickin Jets, for God’s sake!). And, to add insult to injury, the Hawks lost to the Heat in an exhibition game, foreshadowing the season. And and, just for fun, on Sunday the Dream lost Game 1 of the WNBA finals, presaging the typical fate for every pro Atlanta sports team ever (except the ’95 Braves and the spring ’13 Silverbacks of the second tier NASL).


  17. new0818 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    the Braves are a joke in October just like the USA federal government trying to make decisions and pass a budget is a joke.

  18. stlouis1baseball - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Congratulations to the Dodgers!
    Now here’s to hoping they are flat to start the NLCS (regardless of whom they play).

    Sorry Sandy!

    • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      No offense, Lou… but I don’t if I’d book my ticket yet. Game 5 ain’t till tomorrow.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Hahaha! No worries Brah! But your point is taken.
        However, I have never been one to count my chickens before they hatch. Bad mojo.
        But you will understand that I have to root for the NL Central.
        Hence my “regardless of whom they play comment.
        But I have no doubt you guys are the real deal. Scary good in fact.
        I wish I was in Cali cause’ we would getting our baseball on!

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