Recap: Dodgers mount late-inning comeback but fall to the Braves 8-7

Photo Credit: AP/Eric Gay

Post-Game Briefing

The Dodgers came into Game 2 of the NCLS looking to avenge last night’s late inning heartbreaker.  Unfortunately, despite a great comeback attempt by the Dodgers, who scored four runs in the 9th inning, they fell one run short and the Braves won, 8-7. Atlanta leads the NCLS 2-0. 

The Dodgers originally scheduled Clayton Kershaw as their Game 2 starter, but back spasms forced manager dave Roberts to replace him with Tony Gonsolin (who, in his only appearance against the Braves, tossed four innings of one-hit ball).  Gonsolin opened strong, pitching three shutout innings.  The Braves adjusted, and unleashed on Gonsolin – and then the bullpen – scoring six runs in the 4th and 5th innings. In total, Dodgers pitching gave up eight runs on 10 hits while striking out 12 and walking seven. 

On the offensive side the ball, Dodgers bats continued to have trouble figuring out Braves pitching for most of the game. They were held scoreless until Corey Seager hit a mammoth three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh.  The Dodgers came into the 9th down 8-3 when the improbable almost happened. Corey Seager opened the scoring with a double, and Max Muncy followed with a two-run dinger. A fielding error that allowed Will Smith to reach first and a triple by Cody Bellinger put the Dodgers within a run. However, a ground out by AJ Pollock ended the game, and the rally.  

Scoring Plays

Top 4th: Freddie Freeman 2-run home run (2-0 ATL)

Top 5th: Cristian Pache RBI double (3-0 ATL)

Top 5th: Freddie Freeman RBI single (4-0 ATL)

Top 5th: Travis d’Arnaud RBI walk (5-0 ATL)

Top 5th: Ozzie Albies RBI sacrifice fly (6-0 ATL)

Top 7th:  Dansby Swanson RBI ground rule double (7-0 ATL)

Bot 7th: Corey Seager 3-run home run (7-3 ATL)

Top 9th: Ozzie Albies solo home run (8-3 ATL)

Bot 9th: Corey Seager RBI double (8-4 ATL)

Bot 9th: Max Muncy 2-run home run (8-6 ATL)

Bot 9th: Cody Bellinger RBI Triple (8-7 ATL) 

DLD Play of the Game

Tonight’s DLD play of the game is Corey Seager’s 7th inning 3-run homer. 

 

DLD Player of the Game

Seager is also DLD’s player of the game, going 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs.

Up Next

Having dropped the first two games of the series, Game 3 of the NLCS tomorrow is a critical must-win game for the Dodgers. Julio Urias (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 Ks) will take the mound and try to shut down the Braves offense. The Braves, looking to go up 3-0, are scheduled to start Kyle Wright (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 Ks).  Game time is 3:05pm and will be broadcast on FS1 and AM570.

Edward M Bayer III has returned to DLD after a short hiatus.  Follow him on Twitter at @insuradj02 and follow @DodgersLowDown for more. 

Amanda Powers is an editor and writer for DLD. She’s been a Kershaw stan since 2008. Follow her on Twitter @geekpowers