Recap: Dodgers Hitter Fail To Produce As They Drop Crucial Game 4 To Braves

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POST-GAME BRIEFING

The Dodgers didn’t have the offense they did like last game, and they probably wish they saved some of those runs for this game. The Dodgers offense was only able to muster 2 runs tonight as they couldn’t help their ace, Clayton Kershaw, as the Braves held them to just 3 hits. The two runs were scored by one Dodger hitter, Edwin Rios, who hit a solo home run and a sacrifice fly, which is very concerning for the Dodgers as their backs are now to the wall. The offense seems to be the one thing that the Dodgers have been struggling within this series. Despite the huge 15 run game they did in game 3 and the late 4 run 9th inning in game 2, they sure might wish that they scored throughout this series were more spread out.

Clayton Kershaw wasn’t able to pitch up to what fans are used to seeing as he only lasted 5 innings while giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. While giving up these runs did hurt the Dodgers, the lack of runs the Dodgers weren’t able to score was the bigger issue, as Kershaw didn’t receive any run support. Brusdar Graterol came in to bail Kershaw out in the 6th when things started to spiral out of control. Even with Graterol’s best stuff, he gave up 3 runs and only recorded one out. For whatever reason, the Braves didn’t seem to be scared by the easy throwing 100 miles per hour by Graterol and were able to open up their lead further.

SCORING PLAYS

  • TOP 3rd: Edwin Rios solo home run (1-0)
  • BOT 4th: Marcell Ozuna solo home run (1-1)
  • BOT 6th: Freddie Freeman RBI double (1-2)
  • BOT 6th: Marcell Ozuna RBI double (1-3)
  • BOT 6th: Dansby Swanson two-run RBI double (1-5)
  • BOT 6th: Austin Riley RBI single (1-6)
  • BOT 6th: Cristian Pache RBI single (1-7)
  • TOP 7th: Edwin Rios RBI Sacrifice fly (2-8)
  • BOT 7th: Marcell Ozuna solo home run (2-8)
  • BOT 8th: Freddie Freeman RBI single (2-9)
  • BOT 8th: Marcell Ozuna RBI single (2-10)

DLD PLAY OF THE GAME

Play of the game goes to Edwin Rios with his solo home run. Unfortunately, this would be one of the only 2 runs scored by the Dodgers as their offense didn’t have it tonight.

DLD PLAYER OF THE GAME

Player of the game also goes to Edwin Rios as it seems he was the only one that showed up tonight for the Dodgers offense. Unfortunately, the rest of the Dodgers lineup didn’t seem to catch fire from that game leading home run.

UP NEXT

The Dodgers will be going into game 5 with their back against the walls, facing elimination, and once again missing out on another World Series appearance. Dustin May will be taking the ball for the Dodgers with their postseason hopes on the line. He’s been used out of the bullpen just once this series. With the game on the line, expect Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to have a short leash should he get into trouble. The Atlanta Braves have yet to announce who their game 5 starter will be. However, it is likely they will have a bullpen day. Game time is at 6:08 PT.

Jacob Cisneros is a writer for Dodgers-LowDown. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @_JacobCisneros.