Dodgers’ bullpen woes continue to lose to Braves in NCLS opener


Every October for the past seven years, since the Dodgers started winning National League West every year in 2013, the ninth inning has belonged to Kenley Jansen. But this year is different. Jansen is no longer the closest to the Dodgers. His recent fights have earned him a demotion, whether the Dodgers publicly acknowledge it or not. They decided that giving him the ball with the game in play didn’t give them the best chance of winning the World Series.Instead, high leverage late rounds will be distributed on a case-by-case basis. On Monday, coach Dave Roberts selected Blake Treinen to pitch the ninth inning tied against the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

The disaster hit five shots in the exit. Austin Riley, Atlanta’s No.9 hitter, threw a 98 mph lead at 448 feet over the left center wall of Globe Life Field to ignite many of the first fans to see a Major game. League Baseball in 2020.

The Braves nailed another point before Treinen was pulled and two more on the Ozzie Albies hometown circuit against Jake McGee to complete a 5-1 victory. The Braves improved to 6-0 in the playoffs. The Dodgers suffered their first loss. The second game is scheduled for Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. PDT.

The doors to a Major League Baseball game have been opened to fans for the first time since March at 5 p.m. local time. People, the first to attend an event inside this new $ 1.2 billion building, entered through doors beyond the Left Field Wall.

Several dozen lined up in the front row of outboard seats as the Braves practiced batting. They were eager to catch a BP home run and didn’t seem worried about catching COVID-19. They tested the MLB rule requiring fans to stay within 20 feet of any player. A few had players kissing balls throwing them at them. Most wore masks. Some did not. Others weren’t wearing them properly. Social distancing was considered optional.

These fans dispersed when the Braves ended their session. The first six rows of seats in these sections were then discarded. They scattered around the crowded hall and settled into their pods spaced throughout the stadium. MLB announced an attendance of 10,700 people and said every ticket to the game was sold.

Atlanta’s Austin Riley goes around the goal after hitting a home run against Blake Treinen in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-1 loss in Game 1 of the NLCS.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Braves fans were louder, although a strong contingent of Dodgers fans showed up. Some cheered for starting pitcher Walker Buehler as he made his way to the pre-game pen to warm up. They showered him with the first songs of the 2020 season.

The presence of spectators gave the game a different atmosphere. The atmosphere was lifted several notches. The game felt a bit. . . Ordinary. even with empty seats and the occasional reminder of PA announcer safety protocol.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, a top MVP contender for the NL, gave Atlanta fans the number one reason to cheer.

Freeman hit .431 with nine home runs against fastballs during the regular season. He again showed his prowess in the first inning by crushing a 97 mph fastball from Buehler 111.6 mph from the start. He landed 429 feet over the right field wall to give the Braves a 1-0 two batting lead in the game. The chants of “MVP” serenaded Freeman as he trotted.

But the Braves lost firepower when Adam Duvall injured his left slant while swinging in the second inning. The left fielder immediately left the game and will likely miss the rest of the series. Cristian Pache, the Braves’ best hope, replaced him.

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler delivers in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Buehler was no longer sharp because the bulb remained a problem. According to the TV show, Buehler had his index and middle fingers bandaged during his reliever pen session on Saturday – not just the index finger where his blister problem initially surfaced.

After setting a career high with four steps in four innings in Game 1 of the NL Division Series, he set a new mark with five steps before the end of the fourth inning. But the Braves did not capitalize. They blocked five runners and went 0 for 4 with runners in goal position in the first four innings.

As a result, Buehler managed to pitch the sixth inning for the first time since August 21, when his blister appeared, but failed to come out. He left after giving up consecutive singles to start the round. He was erratic but put out seven. He pitched 100 pitches, becoming the first Dodgers pitcher to reach triple-digit pitch counts in 2020.

Dodgers reliever Victor Gonzalez celebrates after knocking out Charlie Culberson from Atlanta.

Dodgers reliever Victor Gonzalez celebrates after knocking out Charlie Culberson of Atlanta to finish the eighth inning with the bases loaded in Game 1 of the NLCS.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

It was up to Brusdar Graterol to clean up the mess. It was a quick rub. The right-hander, throwing his 99 mph lead as easily as ever, struck out the next three batters with six pitches.

Max Fried’s six innings were cleaner. The Harvard-Westlake High graduate allowed a run on four hits and two walks. He took out nine. His only costly mistake was a curved ball hanging from Kiké Hernández in a 0-2 count in the fifth inning. Hernández lifted him over the left field wall for a solo home run to tie the score. It was the first playoff hit for Hernández, who made his first playoff start because a southpaw was on the mound.

Fried left with the game tied. Atlanta threatened to break it in the eighth inning. Marcell Ozuna started with a brace against Dustin May. The next two hitters were called out before the Dodgers chose to intentionally walk Dansby Swanson. The Braves retaliated by having former San Francisco giant Pablo Sandoval hit with a pinch. May dipped it to load the bases.

The Dodgers then gave the ball to rookie southpaw Victor González to face former Dodger Charlie Culberson. He hit him to escape jam for most of his career. Treinen capsized from there.


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