Dodgers vs Braves score: LA strikes back in NLCS as record-breaking first set fuels game three eruption

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The Los Angeles Dodgers notched their first win of the best of seven National League championship series beating the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 Wednesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Thanks to a relentless, record-breaking first inning of 11 points – the most runs ever scored in a postseason game inning – the Dodgers earned a 15-3 (score from the box) win. . The series is now 2-1, in favor of Atlanta.In that first inning, the Dodgers had seven hits, including two doubles, three walks and three homers, one of which was a two-out grand slam from Max Muncy. Atlanta starter Kyle Wright, who pitched six shutout innings in the NLDS ‘third game against the Marlins, was hit with seven of those runs and five hits (two homers) on just 28 shots.

Grant Dayton came in to relieve Wright with two strikeouts and struggled to complete the first set. Dayton continued to walk Mookie Betts, dropped an RBI single to Corey Seager before loading the basics on a piecemeal basis to Justin Turner. This led to a grand slam for Muncy to go 11-0.

Dodgers starter Julio Urias, who started that game with Clayton Kershaw still not ready to come back after his Game 2 scratch, was given a double-digit lead even before throwing a pitch. He finished his start after working five innings and allowed only one run while taking out five and walking two.

Now for more things to know about Game 3.

It was a record game in every way

The Dodgers’ 11-point first inning broke a handful of MLB records. We’ve reviewed 11 things to know about the 11-point round here. But we’re going to recap all the records set during the Dodgers explosion.

For starters, as we said before, the 11 points are the highest a team has ever scored in a single inning of a postseason game.

Specifically, the 11-point inning is a franchise record for the Dodgers. It’s the most in a single set for the club, but on top of that, their 15 total points in the win are the most they’ve ever scored in a postseason game.

The Dodgers have been around since 1884, for those wondering. Prior to that, the record was 13 points – achieved twice in Dodgers history – once in Game 3 of the 2013 NLDS against… the Braves and once back in 1956 (as the Brooklyn Dodgers) when they scored 13 against the Yankees in Game 2 of the World Series.

The Dodgers’ five homers are the most significant of a game in playoff history. The most home runs ever for an MLB team in a playoff game is six, thanks to the Cubs in Game 3 of the 2015 NLDS. All five home runs were from: Seager, Joc Pederson, Edwin Rios, Muncy and Cody Bellinger

The Dodgers scored their 15 runs in the first three innings. Before Wednesday, no other MLB team in history had ever scored so many runs or had so many homers in the first three innings of a postseason game.

On the much more unfortunate side of breaking records, Braves starter Kyle Wright became the first starting pitcher in MLB history to allow seven earned runs and pitch less than one inning in a postseason game. Wright was retired after registering just two strikeouts, joining the Rockies’ Franklin Morales (2007 World Series Game 1 vs. Red Sox) as the only players to allow seven earned runs in less than an inning of work in a game. post-season.

Goodbye, the Braves’ winning streak

Entering Game 3 on Wednesday, the Braves held a 7-0 playoff record. They had swept the Reds in the NL Wild Card round before also completing the Marlins’ sweep in the NLDS. Atlanta followed up with two big wins to kick off their NLCS against the Dodgers. Obviously, with Wednesday’s loss, they now see their perfect playoff record drop to 7-1.

The Braves’ pitching staff had impressed so far in their playoff run. On Wednesday, the Braves pitchers had allowed just 13 points in their first seven playoff games – and seven of them came in the final three innings of a Game 2 win. Wright’s seven points in the first is more than any Atlanta staff allowed in his first 64 innings of this playoff series. Atlanta had recorded four shutouts in its first five playoff games.

On the flip side, the Braves had beaten their opponents in their first seven playoff games by 24 points. They have scored 37 points in seven games with 11 home runs.

Pache succeeds in his first career circuit

Cristian Pache, one of the Braves’ top prospects, got his second straight start at center field for Game 3 on Wednesday. He made the most of it with a solo home run in the third set. It was the Braves’ only race until they added two more in the ninth inning.

Not only was this Pache’s first homer of his MLB career, but having made it in the NLCS, he also marks his first career playoff homer. He is the seventh player in MLB history to hit his first career homerun in the playoffs and just the third player. He joins: Joe Blanton (2008), Melvin Mora (1999), Don Gullett (1975), Mickey Lolich (1968), Frank Demaree (1932) and Rosy Ryan (1924).

A pretty cool feat for the youngster.

With the playoff moonshot, Pache also joins Ronald Acuna Jr., Andruw Jones and Brian McCann as the only Braves to have a playoff home run before turning 22.

Pache replaced outfielder Adam Duvall in Game 1 after leaving the game with an oblique injury and recording two steps to the win. In Game 2, Pache finished ninth as a center-back and finished 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

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