The Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the two best teams in the National League for a reason. The Braves, mainly, have gotten there due to their bats being bigger than their Eastern foes. However, they got a bit of great pitching to go along with the power on Monday night as they took Game 1 of the NLCS from the Dodgers.
Max Fried pitched six innings and gave up just a run (Walker Buehler managed an inning less with the same runs allowed for the opposition) and then handed the ball off to a bullpen that did the rest. The Dodgers almost were able to say that, but it unraveled on them at the top of the ninth. Austin Riley launched a home run to get it to 2-1 and then Ronald Acuna’s double was rewarded by Marcell Ozuna’s single driving him in. A two-run shot from Ozzie Albies then made it 5-1, essentially ending all hopes of the Dodgers to take the first game and closing the scoring for the evening.