Hoping to break loose in their first postseason appearance since 2013, the Braves instead were blanked on six singles Thursday night, losing 6-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers to begin the NL Division Series.
The Dodgers used a almost identical formula to win 6-0 in Game 1 behind Hyun-Jin Ryu, who allowed only four two-out singles over seven innings, and home runs by Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez.
Anibal Sanchez started for the Braves on Friday after righty Mike Foltynewicz made his postseason debut in Game 1. They hit three home runs in Game 1 after a season when they hit a club-record and NL-most 235.
The charm of a five-game series is that everything can change immediately; unfortunately for the Braves, they were better on the road than at home in 2018, and they're staring down Walker Buehler (1.65 ERA in his last five starts) in Game 3.
Milwaukee's pitchers took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning, but then things got away from closing pitcher Jeremy Jeffress.
"Finding out that I made the postseason roster, especially not making it previous year, was definitely huge for me", he said. Los Angeles rookie left-hander Caleb Ferguson pitched a scoreless eighth inning, while former starter Alex Wood combined with Dylan Floro combined for a scoreless ninth. "They weren't acting like this was anything but a regular-season game, and that definitely resonated with me".
- These aren't the same Dodgers that won 104 games, ran away in the NL West, and fell one victory short of a World Series title previous year.
Kershaw finished with eight innings of two-hit, no-run ball on 85 pitches.
Ryu delivered in his first postseason start since 2014. Turner followed Pederson's homer with a double and Muncy walked.
Yasmani Grandal homered on an 0-2 pitch from Sanchez leading off the fifth to make it 3-0.
After Acuna's double, Kershaw retired 14 consecutive batters until Ender Inciarte reached on an infield single with two outs in the fifth.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the first inning after Pederson's home run, but Foltynewicz struck out Yasiel Puig to end the threat. Ex-Dodger Charlie Culberson grounded into a fielder's choice to shortstop, with Inciarte out at second.
It was not easy though, the Dodgers were as far as nine games out of first place after losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 9th.
"I don't think too much about the pitchers that I'm going to face". Find out how to watch Dodgers vs Braves Game 2 online live streaming with or without cable using the options provided ahead. "For me, one of the best outings that I've seen that I can recall, in the sense that he used his complete repertoire of pitches".
Braves manager Brian Snitker said the "changeup was a huge pitch for him, just kept us off balance". "It's just a result of us having a good approach and good at-bats".
Gausman joined the Braves from Baltimore at the non-waiver trade deadline in July in a six-player deal.
Buehler, a 24-year-old right-hander, last pitched on Monday, allowing one hit in 6 2/3 innings and striking out three in the NL West tiebreaker victory over the Rockies.