The Dodgers looked dead again after a crushing 9-2 loss to the Braves in game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night. The club had lost Justin Turner for the rest of the postseason after he suffered a strained hamstring trying to beat out a grounder. They’re already without Clayton Kershaw, and Max Muncy and a host of other important players. Julio Urias got shelled. The offense couldn’t muster anything, and the club was on the brink of elimination once again. With a bullpen game looming for game 5 and Atlanta’s best starting pitcher Max Fried on the mound, things looked dark indeed for the boys in blue. Until an eleven-run outburst and a fantastic outing from the bullpen revived the club from the dead. Postseason MVP Chris Taylor delivered a historic night by clubbing 3 home runs in a 4 for 5 performance. AJ Pollock smashed two home runs himself and the Dodgers pounded the Braves 11-2 to force the series back to Atlanta on Saturday.
The Dodger bats exploded with three runs in the second, one in the third, two in the fifth and four in the bottom of the eighth. Before the bats woke up, the game seemed like it was going to go the other way. Joe Kelly the opener recorded just two outs before giving up a shift beating single to Ozzie Albies and a two-run home run to Freddie Freeman before being removed because of biceps soreness. Evan Phillips restored order by getting the final out of the inning. Brusdar Graterol was the pitching star of the night tossing two scoreless frames and looking every bit of the feared flame thrower that we thought he was.
Pollock led off the bottom of the second with his first home run of the game. Albert Pujols singled and then Taylor launched home run number one. Taylor singled home a run in the third and then smashed a two-run home run in the fifth off of reliever Chris Martin. Fried had already been knocked out of the game after issuing two walks in that inning. Taylor hit another homer in the seventh to give him three long balls and etching his name into Dodger postseason record books. He isn’t called CT3 for nothing, right?
Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Corey Seager all tallied consecutive singles in the bottom of the eighth before Pollock hit his second home run of the game to blow the contest open for the Dodgers. Kenley Jansen finished the game in the top of the ninth. The Dodgers have now won seven consecutive elimination games dating back to last year, which included three in a row over the Braves in the NLCS. Is history repeating itself? Can they do it again? This team is never dull, that’s for sure. RepeatLA is still alive as the series shifts back to Atlanta. The Dodgers will give the ball to Max Scherzer and if there is ever a time, they need him to be on his A-game, it’s now. The Braves will probably give the ball to Ian Anderson. Game time is at 2:08 PM PST. Don’t stop believing folks!
The Dodgers finally remembered that they're the Dodgers
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