Dodgers’ last lead
The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, facing Braves reliever Luke Jackson, placed a bases-loaded hit in front of center fielder Guillermo Heredia in the seventh inning. The ball bounced past the charging Heredia for a double, and two baserunners, both of whom had reached on walks (one intentional) off Tyler Matzek, scored to break a 2-2 tie. Heredia had entered the game as part of a double-switch earlier in the inning.
During the regular season, Ian Anderson had a 6.38 ERA in the first inning and a 2.93 ERA across all other innings. He struggled again at the outset of Sunday’s game. A single by Dodgers leadoff batter Mookie Betts was immediately followed by a two-run homer to right-center by Seager off an Anderson curveball, giving L.A. a 2-0 lead before making an out. Anderson walked two batters later in the inning, but stranded them. The Dodgers put two more runners on base against him in the third inning but didn’t score. Still, that ended a brief outing for the Braves’ starter, who was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the third.
The latest chapter of “Joctober” was written against his former team. Joc Pederson blasted a 454-foot two-run home run to right field off a Max Scherzer curveball to match Seager’s homer and tie the game 2-2 in the fourth inning. It was Pederson’s 12th career postseason homer, three with the Braves this month and the first nine with the Dodgers.
Scherzer’s short start
Three-time Cy Young Award winner Scherzer, starting on two days’ rest after pitching out of the bullpen in NLDS Game 5, lasted only 4-1/3 innings and 79 pitches. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts lifted him with a runner on first base in the fifth, the game still 2-2.
Braves 5, Dodgers 4 (box score)
- Freddie Freeman struck out in his first three at-bats Sunday, making seven consecutive K’s for him since the home run that won the NL Division Series against Milwaukee. A flyout to left field ended Freeman’s strikeout streak in the eighth inning.
- The Braves used eight pitchers, who collectively issued nine walks but allowed only four hits.
- The Braves have played six postseason games. Matzek and Jackson have appeared in all of them.
- The Dodgers are 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position through the first two games of the series, including 1-for-10 in Game 2.