World News – US – Braves: Minter shines, but Dodgers win Game 5 – SportsTalkATLcom


With a chance to eliminate the Dodgers and earn their first World Series appearance in over 20 years, the Braves’ paddock is not quite finished with the most dangerous attack Friday night’s game Thanks to three runs in the sixth and seventh innings, LUNE beat Atlanta 7-3 in Game 5 of the NLCS Unfortunately, this streak will continue

Friday night started much slower than expected Les Braves closer to two seasons ago AJ Minter touched the rubber and settled in pretty quickly He retired MOON First hitter Mookie Betts via a flight on the very first field of the match

With all of the Braves Country on the edge of their seats praying that Minter could provide at least a run or two, the Atlanta southpaw worked through the first frame effectively, allowing just one brace. of Justin Turner between Corey Seager’s strikes and Max Muncy Minter only needs 14 shots to go through that first inning The solid start from the pitching side gave way to another quick threat from the Braves’ first hitting handful

In the middle of Atlanta’s first game, following a failure by Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman doubled up and placed third on a passed ball Next, Marcell Ozuna walked five lengths to placing runners in the corners Set-up was perfect for a cold Travis d’Arnaud The catcher nearly pulled a right home run for a perfectly placed sack-fly, scoring Freeman for the first round of the match The braves lead 1-0

If you thought Minter looked sharp in the first, he was just warming up The 27-year-old only needed 10 shots to lay the heart of the Dodgers roster in the second inning That included back-to-back strikeouts from Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock

Shortstop Dansby Swanson led the Atlanta half of the inning forcing MOON Starter Dustin May would throw seven pitches before drawing a walk Austin Riley followed with an out on the out for the first out, but veteran Nick Markakis was ready to contribute again

Markakis slapped a single to the left, moving Swanson to third With runners in the corners, young prospect Cristian Pache again had another chance to stand out for Atlanta That’s exactly what he did by pushing a practice line over second base to strike in the second inning of the Braves The braves lead 2-0

With a two-run lead after two innings everything seemed to go together for the Braves It was exactly the kind of start the team needed to take out the Dodgers Minter continued to fly through the Dodgers lineup hitting sideways in third on 18 throws

When the Dodgers’ defense came out onto the pitch, reliever Joe Kelly took over for May on the mound.After back-to-back singles from Ozuna and Arnaud, Kelly was fortunate enough to convince Swanson to put the ball on the ground for a smashing double play to end the round

For the fourth inning, Braves manager Brian Snitker opted for another left-hander to Tyler Matzek, who proceeded to deliver a home run after Seager Matzek would redeem himself by taking out the next four hitters he faced

Blake Treinen took the mound for the Dodgers in the Braves halfway through the fourth He did a fairly quick job of Riley, Markakis and Pache, needing only 14 shots to complete the frame and keep the deficit going. Dodgers at one

Matzek stayed on to open the fifth After striking off Bellinger he was replaced by Shane Greene, who was used extensively in this series Greene pitched well after a Pollock single, sitting the rest of the Dodgers roster in order

The Braves were simply outclassed in their half of fifth, as Treinen blasted Acuna, Freeman and Ozuna with just five shots This led to a sixth inning that ended up getting costly for Atlanta

The sixth started well for the Braves Greene stayed, and after Betts started with a single he quickly got two strikeouts before Snitker called southpaw Will Smith Smith looked rusty, marching to Muncy with six shots before serving a three-run homer from the other Will Smith Dodgers leads 4-2

LUNE went with Pedro Baez for half of the sixth in Atlanta He dropped Arnaud, Ozzie Albies and Swanson in order The momentum was no longer on the Braves’ side, as things would get worse in the seventh

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Atlanta went with Jacob Webb for the seventh Again the round got off to a good start, as Webb pulled out Pollock and Joc Pederson before allowing a brace by Chris Taylor With Taylor in second, Webb left a fastball for Betts who was drilled for an RBI single.The Hot Red Seager was next, and another MPH heater in the mid-90s in the heart of the zone resulted in 413-foot homeroom Dodgers lead 7-2

Riley opened the Braves halfway through the seventh with a single before the Dodgers replaced Baez with reliever Victor Gonzalez Gonzalez walked Johan Camargo, but got a double play from Pache Acuna flew to finish the inning

Josh Tomlin quickly worked the eighth, putting the Dodgers in order and giving Atlanta a chance to come back For a minute there it seemed doable Freeman led the Braves half the inning with a lucky brace against Gonzalez This was later followed by an RBI pitch coming out of Arnaud to get closer to four However, Brusdar Graterol knocked out Albies, ending the MOON threat until 7-3

Tomlin stayed and pitched the last inning, allowing Enrique Hernandez a single before getting a double play and knocking out Edwin Rios The Braves were done They silently descended into the ninth, as the Dodgers clashing Kenley Jansen hit Swanson, Riley and Camargo in order Game over

Friday night’s loss was tough to face and so unfortunate considering the quality of the Braves’ play in the game’s opening five innings For the first half of the game the pitch was phenomenal and the offense put pressure on the Dodgers Hell, Minter struck out seven batters in just three innings of work – the first pitcher to make it in the playoffs… NEVER It’s such a shame his night was wasted

The Braves are still in shape Going into Game 6 the team still have Max Fried and Ian Anderson fully rested Of course the Dodgers horses are resting too, but we’ve seen Fried and Anderson surpass the MOON before. offense One of them must do it once more

Game 6 is set for the first pitch on Saturday at 4:38 p.m. ET on FS1 It will feature a rematch of Fried and Walker Buehler’s Game 1 World Series are still one away win

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