After three innings between the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday afternoon, it felt like the team that scored first was going to win. Charlie Morton and Corbin Burnes were on the mound, and neither looked like giving up too much, so the first team to get on the scoreboard was always likely to win it. That’s what the Brewers did as they got a two-run homer from Rowdy Tellez, who had also made a huge defensive play to prevent the game’s first run in the first inning, in the seventh to chase Morton from the contest.
With Morton out, the Braves wouldn’t allow another run, but they only mustered one of their own, a pinch-hit home run from Joc Pederson as they fell 2-1 to begin the NLDS. They had chances in the first and in the ninth, but Josh Hader ultimately shut the door to deny the visitors. In the other NLDS of the day, the nightcap, the San Francisco Giants blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 to begin their series just the way they would have wanted it. The NL West winners were buoyed by Logan Webb’s pitching in his postseason debut, with the ace dealing ten K’s and allowing no earned runs in 7 2/3 innings pitched. Walker Buehler gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first when Buster Posey homered, and he would give way in the seventh after Kris Bryant hit a solo bomb to make it 3-0. Brandon Crawford applied the final touches in the eighth with a third Giants homer of the affair, giving them a 1-0 edge over the defending World Series champs.