Dodgers fans had every reason to be excited about Tuesday afternoon’s game in Arlington, despite seeing Clayton Kershaw scratched. Tony Gonsolin got the ball for Los Angeles, and his first two innings had fans fired up.
Gonsolin got the Dodgers off to a hot start by retiring 9 consecutive batters to start the game. After that, things started to fall apart a little for Tony. A leadoff walk to Ronald Acuna in the 4th inning gave Freddie Freeman a chance to make some noise early. He did not miss his chance.
FREDDIE FREEMAN GOES DEEP ?
Second-straight game with a homer to give the Braves the early lead.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 13, 2020
For the Braves, it was almost the exact opposite with Ian Anderson. He walked 5 Dodgers hitters but they just couldn’t come through when it mattered. Will Smith had two big opportunities to do some damage, but both times left runners aboard to end the inning. Anderson went on to strike out 5 batters while allowing just 1 hit through 4 innings.
— MLB (@MLB) October 13, 2020
The Offensive Struggles Continue
To put it simply the Dodgers bats once again did not show up to play for most of the game on Tuesday afternoon. That’s not to say that they didn’t have multiple opportunities to do so. Los Angeles left far too many runners on base consistently failing to move guys over and play the big field at Globe Life. If you’re looking for something to be happy about, Corey Seager did launch a three-run shot and the offense made a late push.
Corey Seager goes yard. ? pic.twitter.com/jZ3RxNpszx
— MLB (@MLB) October 14, 2020
The Dodgers tried to make a run in the 9th inning with as Seager driving in Mookie Betts. Max Muncy would launch a two-run bomb of his own off of Josh Tomlin, firing up the bench. Cody Bellinger followed up with a run-scoring triple of his own getting them within 1 run. Unfortunately, AJ Pollock could not bring Bellinger in and they went on to lose this one 8-7.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 14, 2020
Up Next for the Dodgers
The Dodgers will now go into Wednesday afternoon down 2 games in the Championship Series. They will turn to young southpaw Julio Urias to try to get them back into the win column in a pivotal Game 3. Atlanta will counter with rookie stud Kyle Wright, who has pitched extremely well in the postseason thus far.