Charlie Morton and the Braves’ chase series win against the Dodgers | Radio WGN 720


The defending World Series champions Atlanta Braves put themselves in position to claim their first series win of the season on Wednesday by ending the Los Angeles Dodgers’ seven-game winning streak.

The Braves even used a bit of LA flair to pull off a 3-1 victory on Tuesday. Los Angeles-area native Max Fried, who won a perfect game in the sixth, threw seven shutout innings, and former Dodgers closest Kenley Jansen recorded the final three outs for his third save in as Brave.

In a sign of how the game was upside down, Jansen saved the final by having former Braves star Freddie Freeman fly to center field.

Travis d’Arnaud homered for the Braves, while Orlando Arcia had an RBI double among his three hits.

“(Arcia) swung the bat well,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of his left fielder, who is .368 AA and .883 on-base plus slugging percentage. “It’s taking advantage of an opportunity and having really good batsmen.”

The Braves shared a pair of four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres, and they dropped a three-game home series against the Washington Nationals.

Atlanta will now try to make the most of Los Angles’ three-game series with a rare midweek afternoon game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. Atlanta will send veteran Charlie Morton (1-1, 6.10 ERA) to the mound.

Morton struggled Thursday against the San Diego Padres when he allowed five runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings.

Morton didn’t see much of the Dodgers in his first nine major league seasons, making just one start against them in 2010 and 2015. But since the 2017 World Series, when he was a member of the Astros of Houston, he faced them six times. , including four in the playoffs.

He had two regular-season starts against the Dodgers last season, and he went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 11 innings. Morton is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA against Los Angeles in the playoffs.

The Dodgers will counter with right-hander Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 1.29 ERA) as they not only try to bounce back from the end of their seven-game winning streak, but also the end of a 20-game winning streak at home dating back to last season.

Gonsolin has pitched just seven innings this season and has been trailed in his two starts by left-hander Tyler Anderson, who has a 2.25 ERA in eight innings.

Gonsolin made his only regular season appearance against the Braves in 2019, when he gave up a run in four innings. In five playoff appearances against Atlanta over the past two seasons, he’s produced a 10.45 ERA in 10 1/3 innings.

After they shut down on Tuesday, the Dodgers will try to once again become the offensive force that has scored four runs in one inning seven times at the top of the major leagues. They scored five runs in one inning five times.

“I just know baseball is contagious, hitting is contagious, and we feed off each other,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “In the big innings, I think we collectively take walks to be able to build big innings, and I think we were able to run the bases well, which creates situational shots (chances).”

Dodgers infielder/outfielder Gavin Lux was ruled out late Tuesday with a back strain and is day to day.

–Field level media


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