Fresh off a Game 1 victory, the Dodgers bats were at it again early in Game 2 as Hanley Ramirez knocked in the games first run with a 1-out RBI double.
Given a lead, Dodgers starter Zack Greinke was absolutely perfect in his first inning of work as he retired the first three Braves he saw in order. In the second inning, Juan Uribe flipped a single into right field, but was quickly erased on a double play from Skip Schumaker.
A.J. Ellis followed with a single to left, recording his third hit of the series, but Greinke was retired to end the inning. The Braves finally made things interesting as Gattis singled and came home on an Andrelton Simmons RBI double and tied things at one heading into the top of the 3rd.
After getting the lead off runner on base for three straight innings, the Dodgers hit into two double plays, as Carl Crawford got a bad jump in the 3rd inning.
However, in the bottom of the 4th, the Braves finally took the lead as Chris Johnson singled through the hole on the left side and Freddie Freeman scored after a lead off double. The Dodgers went silent yet again in the fifth inning and didn’t have an extra-base hit since Hanley’s RBI double in the first inning.
Facing the bottom of the Braves order in the 5th inning, Greinke was able to get past the 8-9-1 hitters quickly and the heart of the Dodger order was due up in the 6th. Hanley Ramirez finally delivered another extra-base hit, but after Adrian Gonzalez struck out, the Dodgers rally was running out of steam.
However, Puig beat out a grounder to third and the Dodgers had 1st and 3rd with two outs. Juan Uribe was up next and tried to come through yet again. Unfortunately, he swung at a changeup in the dirt and the Dodgers rally was over as they trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 6th.
The Dodgers had their best threat of the night in the top of the seventh in large part to two infield singles from Skip Schumaker and Michael Young. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez brought on left-handed reliever Luis Avilan to face Crawford in a game-changing situation.
With the count 1-2, Crawford grounded one up the middle and the Braves turned their third double play of the night as the Dodgers offense sputtered yet again.
In the bottom of the inning, Don Mattingly went to Chris Withrow out of the bullpen and he promptly walked Brian McCann. After Chris Johnson had a broken bat single to left, the Braves gave the Dodgers a free out by bunting with Simmons and moved the runners over to 2nd and 3rd.
Withrow then struck out Elliott Johnson on three pitches and the Dodgers were just one out away from getting out of the inning unharmed.
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