The Atlanta Braves faced a tough opponent in Los Angeles pitcher Alex Wood, but did just enough to pull out the victory at Dodger Stadium by a final score of 3-2.
Wood turned in one of his best outings of the 2020 season. His line: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 101 pitches, 64 strikes. His season ERA is still pretty ugly (6.00), but it’s down significantly since he held an 8.17 ERA three weeks ago.
Things were close in the end, but old friend Grant Dayton got his first save of the season and Atlanta is now riding a 3-game win streak.
It could have been a different outcome for Atlanta had it not been for Tyler Flowers, the 34-year-old catcher. With Kenley Jansen beginning his second inning of work in the 11th frame, he got into a bit of trouble and was lifted for Edubray Ramos, who gave up the run-scoring single to Flowers that put Atlanta up 3-2.
Elsewhere in the pen, Blake Treinen threw a scoreless inning of relief, while Caleb Ferguson ran into some bad luck. He allowed an unearned run in his two innings of work (0 hits, 4 strikeouts) to allow Atlanta to tie it in the eighth inning.
“We put some tough at-bats on some tough pitches,” said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker.
The Dodgers couldn’t do much offensively against Max Fried. Fried gave up just two runs in six innings of work. Mookie Betts and Will Smith each had two hits, but of the Dodgers’ seven total hits, only two went for extra bases — both doubles, one by Betts and one by Chris Taylor.
Where the Dodgers really struggled was in making contact. They struck out 14 times, which helped lead to 18 runners left on base.
LA, 33-26 after the loss, tries to get back on track for tomorrow’s game. Zach McAllister, the opener, gets the ball against Luke Jackson, coincidentally, the Braves’ opener. What could possibly go wrong?