The Dodgers didn’t go 43 – 17 for nothing. Cody Bellinger‘s solo homer in the bottom of the 7th was the difference in the game and the series.
The Braves had a couple of chances to break it open early but could not convert. Dustin May was a workaholic for the Dodgers, getting his second start in 3 days, but he started the game wild, walking Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman on the game’s first 8 pitches. A Marcell Ozuna single made it 1 – 0 Braves, but a Travis d’Arnaud double play ball helped limit any further damage.
In a season so bullpen dependent that 4 innings could be considered an Atlanta Quality Start, it’s appropriate that Ian Anderson was only able to give the Braves 3. The Dodgers worked Anderson for 47 pitches through the first 2 innings. He got 2 quick outs in the 3rd, however, but could not close it out. Anderson walked Justin Turner, then Max Muncy doubled, and Will Smith hit a 2 run single to tie it.
Gonsolin got into more trouble in the 4th, walking Ozzie Albies and Swanson to start the inning, then surrendering an RBI single to Austin Riley on a 0 – 2 pitch. Blake Treinen relieved, and after a wild pitch moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd with nobody out, the Braves ran themselves out of the inning. Nick Markakis hit a sharp grounder to the only fielder on the left side of the infield, and Swanson was running on contact. Dansby tried to stay in a rundown long enough for Riley to take 3rd, but Austin hesitated, and the resulting double play left a runner on first with two out. In the 5th, Freddie Freeman was robbed of most likely a solo home run by Mookie Betts for one last bit of frustration.
Game 7 was one bridge too far for the seemingly magical Braves bullpen. They allowed 5 hits and 2 runs in 5 innings, but it was not good enough. A.J. Minter came on in the 6th and was immediately greeted by an Enrique Hernandez home run to tie it. Chris Martin came on to get the final out of the inning, and seemed to be cruising in the 7th before allowing the two out homer to Bellinger.
At Philadelphia April 1st.