The Braves beat the Dodgers 6-5 in Game 3 of the NLDS. Some fans will call the game nerve-wracking, vomiting fuel, and nightmare fuel. The broadcasters and the FS1 team did a fine job. The Spanish radio highlights were amazing, too.
During the second inning, the Braves scored a run. Three more runs came in the sixth, and the Braves were within two runs. However, Cody Bellinger hit a two-run homer off Alex Wood, making it 7-4 in the bottom of the eighth. Afterwards, Arodys Vizcaino pitched three straight scoreless innings to end the game.
Despite the lead, the Braves continue to battle. In the fourth inning, Chad Minter gives up a single to Turner, and he gets a runner on base with one out. He pitches four innings, giving up one run, three hits, and four strikeouts. Pederson then rolls one down the left field line. The next pitch, however, is a strikeout by Swanson.
In the fifth inning, Atlanta has another lead, 1-0. Joc Pederson is on second base. He has been a key offensive weapon for the Braves, with multiple RBIs. He fouls off a couple of pitches and works the count to full. The runner scores from second on a 102.8 mph double by Austin Riley.
Another scoring play for the Dodgers comes in the bottom of the seventh inning. Riley hits a towering shot to the centerfield wall. Then, he advances to third on a double by Bellinger. A high pitch count is one of the most effective weapons against struggling pitchers.
In the series between the Dodgers and Braves, the Dodgers won three out of four games. They were 6-2 in the game and won the series three-to-one. The Dodgers took two of three games from the Braves in April, and a win in Game four ensures that the Dodgers will make the World Series finals. But there’s always a chance. So stay optimistic.
One miscalculation can turn a game. One hit by Will Smith, a home run by Josh Bellinger, and a blown save by Ron Washington – if the Braves get back to the top of the standings, the Braves have a chance to take the series.