Fried Baffles the Dodgers

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On a cool night at Dodger Stadium, the Atlanta Braves snapped the Los Angeles Dodger winning streak at seven when they defeated the Dodgers 3-to-1.

Before the game, Dave Roberts must scratch Gavin Lux, forcing Roberts to play Cody Bellinger against Max Fried, a tough lefty. Lux is arguably the best Dodger hitter so far this season. Hopefully, he can return to the lineup soon. Bellinger, who is coming out of his last season-long slump, did not perform well against Fried.

If Chris Taylor did not run fast, the Dodgers would have been shut out. After Taylor opened the eighth with a walk, he ran and scored on Hanser Alberto’s ground out.

Historically, Fried had trouble at Dodger Stadium, but Tuesday night, he made the Dodgers look foolish. He struck out seven Dodgers in his seven innings. He did not allow a hit until the sixth inning when Alberto singled, and in the seventh, Trea Turner had an infield single. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth to earn his first Dodger save.

Walker Buehler could not finish a hitter off even though the Braves are a free-swinging team. He only struck out two in his five innings. During the season, Buehler’s fastball has not baffled anyone. His breaking balls have not had their sharp break. He allowed three runs.

The Dodger bullpen continued its dominance. The Braves continually threatened, but Evan Phillips, David Price, Alex Vesia, and Justin Bruihl performed well as they wiggled out of jams.

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