Game 2 in any series is always big for the team that lost Game 1, but it is even more important when it is only a five-game series and you could be facing the prospect of heading home for Game 3 on the brink of elimination. That is the spot that both the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers were in on Saturday, but each of them responded to losses in the previous outing to even up their NLDS series.
The Braves did so behind a fine showing from pitcher Max Fried and improved hitting in a 3-0 win in Milwaukee over the Brewers. Fried only allowed three hits through six innings, but from there it got interesting for the Bravos as they allowed runners on in the last three frames only to somehow cling to the shutout. Freddie Freeman singled and Ozzie Albies doubled in a two-run third inning while Austin Riley hit a solo shot in the sixth to clinch the win. Meanwhile, the Dodgers took care of business in San Francisco by beating the Giants 9-2 in the nightcap. Julio Urias, baseball’s winningest pitcher in 2021, did a little bit of everything as he threw five solid innings of one-run ball and also produced the game’s first RBI when he singled in the top of the second. Doubles from Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock in the sixth broke the game wide open before they tacked on further support in the eighth when Will Smith homered among other big hits. Now the Brewers will head to the ATL while the Giants will travel to Dodger Stadium for Game 3 come Monday.