Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a nice Friday night in Atlanta, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Braves 9-to-5.
Before the game, the Dodgers activated AJ Pollock and Jimmy Nelson. They sent down Edwin Uceta and Alex Vesia. Nelson pitched a scoreless sixth inning, and Pollock had a hit during the game. The Dodgers optioned Brusdar Graterol to Oklahoma City, Triple-A, after he toiled during his rehabilitation assignment. During Friday’s game, Max Muncy exited after the top of the fourth inning.
Despite allowing a first-inning solo home run to Freddie Freeman, who earned the 2020 National League MVP, Julio Urìas pitched well for five innings. He did not have a good slurve, the pitch that he has used during this season to get outs, but he used his other pitches to retire the Braves.
Until the fifth inning, the young Brave right-handed starter, Ian Anderson, held the Dodgers hitless. Many people criticize the Dodgers for unable to manufacture runs, and they think the Dodgers are too home run reliant. However, in the fifth inning, the Dodgers used the Braves’ pitching wildness to score eight runs on three hits. In the ninth inning, they used Mookie Betts’ speed to score their ninth run.
The eighth inning was nightmarish for the Dodgers. Gavin Lux ignored Pollock in left field that allowed the Braves to score two runs.