Eddie Rosario leads Braves win over Dodgers

Eddie Rosario was the guy for Atlanta in Game 4. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times by means of Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves are getting a do-over.

One year after their NLCS collapse produced another bleak chapter in the history of Atlanta sports, the Braves have actually obtained another 3-1 lead over the exact same challenger, the protecting champ Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves arrived by beating the Dodgers 9-2 in Game 4 on Wednesday.

The Dodgers had actually seemed in strong position to even the series after their wild return in Game 3, beginning playoff stalwart Julio Urías versus a bullpen video game for Atlanta. The Braves’ possibilities decreased much more when opener Huascar Ynoa was scratched.

Reliever Jesse Chavez, who had actually pitched 2 of the last 3 days, began in Ynoa’s location, however it was Urías who wound up appearing like the gassed reducer. The southpaw, whose Game 2 relief look prompted a lot of second-guessing for supervisor Dave Roberts, quit back-to-back homers to Eddie Rosario and Adam Duvall in the 2nd inning.

More discomfort was available in the 3rd inning with a Freddie Freeman solo homer and an RBI single from Joc Pederson, then the 5th inning as a Duvall sacrifice fly topped a one-run rally. The Dodgers returned in the video game with a two-run single from A.J. Pollock in the 5th, however they never ever got closer than that.

Rosario wound up completing a double except the cycle regardless of finishing the 2 hardest legs in the very first 3 innings, however did include a 2nd homer to break the video game open in the ninth.

Justin Turner exits with hamstring injury

The Dodgers’ scenario is much more alarming after veteran 3rd baseman Justin Turner left the video game in the seventh inning after bring up while going to very first base upon a double play.

Turner had actually barely been bring the Dodgers — he is striking 3-for-34 this postseason — however his evident hamstring injury might produce yet another hole to change in a currently extended Dodger lineup.

Can the Braves round off the Dodgers?

No MLB playoff group completed with less wins than the Braves this year, however they have actually discovered themselves in an excellent position in mid-October. Or about as excellent as you can get when you’re an Atlanta group with a lead.

The Dodgers went into the NLCS with a considerable headwind thanks to a five-game NLDS fight with the San Francisco Giants, requiring them to opt for a bullpen video game in Game 1 and begin a short-rest Max Scherzer in Game 2. The Braves took both video games in walk-off style, however lost out on a 3-0 lead thanks to the heroics of Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts.

That rally made Game 4 even more critical, and the Braves wound up taking a commanding lead. Braves fans require little tip what occurred last time they remained in this position, though scenarios have actually altered rather.

This Dodger group may have won 106 video games, however Clayton Kershaw, Max Muncy and most likely Turner are out with injuries while 2020 playoff stars Kiké Hernández and Joc Pederson are betting other groups (the Braves, in Pederson’s case). The Braves may be without 2 of their 3 finest players from in 2015 for extremely various factors — Ronald Acuña Jr. and Marcell Ozuna — however other players like Rosario and Austin Riley have actually stepped up.

While the Dodgers in theory had the benefit in Game 4 with Urías versus a bullpen video game, the functions will be reversed in Game 5 with the Dodgers going to the bullpen and the Braves beginning a strong young lefty in Max Fried.

That Game 5 may be more crucial the Braves care to confess. The might get to play a possible Game 6 and Game 7 in front of a house crowd, however couple of groups wish to deal with Dodger aces Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler back-to-back with the World Series on the line, even if neither were their finest in their very first 2 starts this series.

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