The Los Angeles Dodgers were keen to avoid going up against the wall against the Atlanta Braves and did so by scoring a record 11 points in the opening round en route to a 15-3 win on Wednesday at Arlington, Texas.
These 11 points are indeed a new mark for a single round at bat in the history of major baseball during the playoffs. The previous record of 10 points has come four times, most recently last year. The St. Louis Cardinals had pulled off the feat in Atlanta.
Thus, the Braves maintain the lead in this series of championship of the National League 2-1 after three meetings.
One circuit after another
On Tuesday, the Dodgers had a very poor start to the game, both offensive and defensive. Thus, they allowed the Braves to forge a lead of seven points. On Wednesday, they scored 11 points before their opponents even entered the batting box.
Joc Pederson (three points), Edwin Rios (one point) and Max Muncy (grand slam) all hit home runs in the first period. Corey Seager meanwhile produced two runs with a double and a single in two appearances.
Seager also added with a long ball good for a point in the third inning. He imitated Cody Bellinger, who also sent a ball into the stands to circumvent the trails solo in the previous round.
Braves starter Kyle Wright had a particularly rough day, allowing seven runs, five hits and two walks in just two thirds of an inning. In relief, Grant Dayton did not do much better, conceding eight runs, as many strikes in a safe place and a free pass in two innings.
It was finally Huascar Ynoa who stopped the bleeding, giving no points in four sets.
On the other side, starter Julio Urias was much better, giving the Braves just one run with three hits and two walks in five innings.
Cristian Pache produced the Braves’ first point with his first-ever Major League baseball home run. It was his third career hit, regular season and playoffs included.
Austin Riley and Johan Camargo were responsible for the other two points in the final engagement.
The Braves will try to pull themselves together on Thursday, in the fourth game of the series.