It was a picturesque setting at Dodger Stadium for the early start between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers on Memorial Day. The Braves entered play only one game above .500 but winners in seven of their last 10. While the Dodgers were coming of a shellacking at the hands of the San Diego Padres.
As a notorious ground ball pitcher, Brett Anderson did what you’d expect in the first inning. He got some help from Howie Kendrick, who made a backhanded stop and throw to get Jace Peterson for the first out of the game.
After another groundout, Freddie Freeman hit a chopper that bounced its way into left field as the Dodgers’ infield was shifted for the Braves first baseman to pull. Nick Markakis hit a weak tapper to Anderson’s right and he made the play for the final out. Cameron Maybin was unable to make a diving catch on ball that jammed Joc Pederson’s and the rookie center fielder had a leadoff double.
Jimmy Rollins’ attempt to lay down a sacrifice bunt went unsuccessful as he didn’t get the ball out far enough, which allowed Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt to field it and throw out Pederson at third base. It was a costly mistake by the Dodgers when considering Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-out single to left field.
After narrowly missing other batters in the inning, rookie starter Williams Perez plunked Justin Turner to load the bases. Perez further lost control and walked Andre Ethier to send a run in, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Scott Van Slyke worked a 3-1 count but Jace Peterson made a sliding catch on a shallow fly ball hit to right field.
Andrelton Simmons became the first Braves player to lift the ball in the sky, but it didn’t prove advantageous as it was nothing more than a fly ball for the second out. Pedro Ciriaco and Bethancourt both singled before the Braves’ two-out rally came to an end when Anderson struck out his counterpart.
Perez fared much better in the bottom of the second, allowing only a two-out single to Pederson. Anderson induced two more ground ball outs in the third and struck out Freeman to end the inning and keep the Dodgers ahead, 1-0.
Following Kendrick’s leadoff single in the third, Peterson robbed Gonzalez of a base hit as he made a catch in shallow right field while falling down on his back. The Dodgers proceeded to load the bases on consecutive singles, though came away empty again as Van Slyke grounded into an inning-ending double play on a 3-0 pitch.
Jonny Gomes hit a one-out single in the fourth and took second on Simmons’ slow tapper in front of the mound that forced Anderson to barehand the ball and Gonzalez to make a pick at first base. Ciriaco’s RBI single tied the game before Anderson worked his way out of the inning.