The Atlanta Braves may have lost yesterday’s afternoon game to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but splitting a series with one of the hottest teams in baseball is a very positive sign. Braves rookie pitcher Sean Newcomb was facing one of the best starting pitchers in baseball Clayton Kershaw and the Braves could not seize the opportunity w when Kershaw was taken out of the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning with lower back issues. Newcomb was not involved in the final decision but he had a productive game in Los Angeles.
After the Braves won the first 2 games of the series against the Dodgers hopes were high for a series win out West. However the Dodgers bullpen shut down the Braves bats until the bottom of tehe 9th inning. Freddie Freeman got the inning started with a single. Former Dodger Matt Kemp then got a single of his own, and then the Dodgers had to deal with their nemesis Matt Adams. Matt Adams has always been a thorn in the side of the Dodgers and when he hit a 3 run homerun off of the Dodgers closer the pain must have been felt in L.A.
Freddie Freeman has been under the weather and not playing at 100%after a virus. Freeman did get an IV treatment this weekend but he admitted he was not at his full strength and slept in a separate room from his family out in L.A. Freeman’s wife Chelsea admitted to reporters that Freeman was still going to play in the weekend series with the Dodgers and Freeman was productive despite his illness. The Braves offense had it’s moments but it could not take advantage of Kershaw’s early departure.
Tonight the Braves will play against the Arizona Diamondbacks out in the desert. The Braves swept the Diamondbacks at SunTrust Park and manager Brian Snitker hopes the Braves good luck against the leading wild card team in the National League will continue. The Braves are hoping to get back to the.500 mark during this road trip. After the Arizona Diamondbacks the Braves will travel to Philadelphia with a series against the Phillies before returning to Atlanta. The Braves should not be hanging their heads in despair despite yesterday’s loss. The Braves are showing the National League that they are relevant regardless of their opponent. Let’s hope for another great series against the Diamondbacks. GO BRAVES!!!!!