Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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ATLANTA — The Dodgers are hot, but hot too late in the season.
Los Angeles won their fifth straight game, now sitting three-games under .500, and just 10-½ games out, but it is the last month of the season. Had they been in this position at the All-Star break I might have given them a fighting chance to win the West. But, there are just not enough days left in the season to accomplish the impossible.
But do not let me the one to convince you otherwise; this entire season, the West has been anything but easy to predict as my pre-season pick had Arizona finishing last and now they are on the verge of winning a division title after spending the past two seasons in last-place.
Very quickly, the Dodgers found themselves in a 5-0 hole after three. Los Angeles was no-hit through three while the Braves seemingly had no problem hitting and scoring runs. Atlanta scored three-runs in the second on three RBI-singles, one of which was due to fielding error by Dee Gordon at shortstop.
In the third, Chipper Jones took a leadoff walk, followed by Freddie Freeman’s double to put both runners into scoring position with no outs. Jason Heyward grounded out to second baseman, Justin Sellers, but got an RBI on the play. The very next batter, Alex Gonzalez, doubled to left for another Atlanta run to go up 5-0.
However, in the fourth, the Dodgers began their battle at a comeback, scoring two in the fourth. Dee Gordon led-off with a single, with James Loney taking a walk and Matt Kemp getting hit by a pitch to load the bases with no-outs. Juan Rivera then hit a 2-run single to get the Dodgers on the board.
Rivera got his third RBI of the night in the sixth, currently driving in all the Dodgers runs for the night, as Los Angeles now just trailed by a pair of runs.
An inning later, the Dodgers’ got all over Braves relief pitcher, Arodys Vizcaino, for five-runs to grab an 8-5 lead.
After a Rod Barajas strikeout to start the inning, the Dodgers had the next eight batters all reach safely. Three straight singles led a to a bases loaded situation with Loney at-bat, hitting a bases clearing double to give Los Angeles their first lead of the night. After a wild pitch put Loney at third, the Braves loaded the bases again for the Dodgers which also proved to be disastrous. Andre Ethier hit a two-run single that scored the Dodgers fifth-run of the inning and eighth of the game.
Till the ninth, Los Angeles maintained their three-run lead. But no lead is safe against this Braves offense that possess the most late inning come from behind victories in the majors. And it seemed like this one had the early script of another Braves comeback as Dan Uggla hit a solo homerun to close the gap at two-runs and the next batter, Jones, taking a walk with the tying run at the plate. But the Dodgers were able to retire the next two batters to cruse to their fifth straight win.
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