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Dodgers: Braves Pitcher Blames Bad Start on Freddie Freeman’s Ovation

The Dodgers were able to make the Braves work a little bit in the first inning of the game. Ian Anderson had to labor through 27 pitches to get through it, and he was able to do it with limited damage. Anderson allowed Los Angeles to push across just 2 runs despite loading the bases. 

But Anderson had to wait through a little bit of a delay during the game. The second batter of the game was Freddie Freeman, who was making his return to Atlanta. Naturally, Braves fans gave a standing ovation for the Dodgers’ first baseman. 

But that’s what Anderson blamed on his poor start to the game. the Braves starter acknowledged that Freeman was more than deserving of the ovation, but it threw him off after facing Trea Turner to start the game. The Dodgers went on to send 7 total batters to the plate.

“That’s part of the reason we all love playing here. We knew the fans were going to give him a great reception. He deserved every second of it. It was hard to focus back in. It felt like I was underwater a little bit in that first inning. I was just moving a little slow.”

Anderson would go on to complete 4 innings and get tagged with 4 runs in the loss to the Dodgers. But Atlanta’s bullpen came on and shut them down for the remainder of the game. Luckily, those 4 runs were more than enough to get the job done. 

Up next, the Dodgers and Braves are at it again on Saturday evening. Mitch White will get the start for Los Angeles and he faces off against Braves’ ace Max Fried. 

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