Dodgers Send Braves Home
Uribe’s 8th inning home run put an end to the Atlanta Braves 2013 season. The Dodgers won 4-3 and won the NLDS 3-1.
The Dodgers relied on the bat of Carl Crawford to get their first 2 runs during game 4. His home runs in the 1st and 3rd innings put the Dodgers up 2-0.
The Braves finally managed to tie things up against Kershaw in the 4th inning. It started when Chris Johnson singled to left field. Freddie Freeman scored and cut the Dodgers lead in half.
Andrelton Simmons then hit a double play ball that should have ended the Atlanta 4th. Chris Johnson’s slide to 2nd forced a bad throw that pulled Adrian Gonzalez off the bag at 1st. Simmons was safe and Evan Gattis scored to tie the game at 2.
A misplayed ball by Yasiel Puig ended up putting the Braves ahead in the 7th inning. Elliot Johnson hit one down the line and Puig tried to make a sliding play to stop the ball. However, Puig missed the ball and it continued to roll around the base of the wall. Johnson did not stop till he reached 3rd with a triple. Jose Constanza, pinch-hitting for Freddy Garcia, singled up the middle to bring Johnson in. That put the Braves up 3-2 in the 7th.
The Dodgers had a chance to take the lead in the 7th inning. After a Mark Ellis 2 out double, the Braves decided to walk Hanley Ramirez and play the lefty/lefty match-up with Avilan and Adrian Gonzalez. After working the count full, Gonzalez flied out to right to end the threat.
It was the 8th inning when the Dodgers would get a huge hit from Juan Uribe. After a couple unsuccessful bunt attempts, Uribe got the green light to swing away and boy did he ever. With Puig on 2nd, Uribe sent a huge 2 run bomb over the fence in left field. The huge, clutch home run from Uribe, put the Dodgers up 4-3, heading to the 9th.
Jordan Schafer, Jason Heyward, and Justin Upton struck out in the 9th inning, as the Dodgers won 4-3. The win by the Dodgers propels them into the NLCS, as they beat the Braves 3 games to 1 in the best of 5 series.
It was a hard-fought battle by the Braves and a great pitching performance by Freddy Garcia. Garcia matched Clayton Kershaw pitch for pitch during game 4.
The Braves clearly have some holes to fill and decisions to make this upcoming off-season.